By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has commissioned an 85KWP Solar Hybrid Rural Electrification project, at Gbamu-Gbamu Community, in Ijebu-East Central Local Council Development Area of the state.
Amosun said that the project has the capacity to effectively supply 487 households.
According to him, the project was in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and German Government, under the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), which is in line with his administration’s rural infrastructural development agenda.
Amosun charged the people of Gbamu-Gbamu to guard and protect the project jealousy advising them to take ownership of it adding that it will speedily bring investment opportunities to the area.
Governor Amosun while appreciating the Buhari led government, for including Ogun State in the pilot scheme of the rural electrification project, said the provision of stable power supply, will improve the educational, economic and health sectors of the nation at large.
In his remarks, the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, represented by the Honorable Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma, said the project would improve the peoples’ standard of living, saying, Federal Government will continue to engage the private sectors for the benefits of Nigerians..
In her welcome address, the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, who supervised the project, disclosed that the commissioning signifies a landmark achievement of the state government for the rural dwellers, assuring that the project would be replicated in other rural areas of the state.
The European Union representative, Kurt Cornelius, Consular General to Germany, Ingo Herbert and the Consular General to USA, John Bray unanimously, said the project would definitely improve the standard of living and bring great development to the community.
Speaking on behalf of the people of the community, the Baale of Gbamu-Gbamu, Chief Adekunle Fayomi and the Chairman, Ijebu East Central Local Council Development Area, Barr. Adebayo Osikomaiya appreciated the state government and partners for the gesture, saying, so many businesses would spring up and the existing ones would thrive, thereby increasing the socio-economic activities in the area.