Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company has announced the restoration of power supply to the ancient town of Ijaiye in Oyo State after eight years of blackout.
The IBEDC noted that the town and its adjoining communities had been plunged into blackout before the privatisation of the power sector.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Donnachie, was quoted in a statement as saying, “Even though their situation was an inherited challenge, we can no longer close our eyes to the sufferings of our customers and the potential ones in the fast-developing areas critical to our revenue generation.”
According to the statement, the traditional ruler of the town, Onijaiye of Ijaiye, Oba Lasisi Akano, in one of the meetings with the IBEDC, appealed to the management of the power firm to take the town as a new revenue generation opportunity owing to the infrastructural development taking place rapidly in the area.
The firm said it promised to ensure a fair and equitable power supply to the area, based on load allocation.
The Regional Head, IBEDC Oyo Region, Mr Tope Bailey, assured the communities that their requests for the replacement of damaged poles had been approved.
According to the statement, the current five hours of power supply to the communities will be increased to eight hours in coming weeks.