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Light up Lagos: Ambode replaces 58 yr-old transformer
Chairman, Resident Association of PalmGroove Estate, Capt. Jide George (left) receiving the transformer from Lagos State Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo

Light up Lagos: Ambode replaces 58 yr-old transformer

Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday donated a 500kva transformer to residents of Palmgroove Estate in Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area of the State, as part of the ongoing ‘Light Up Lagos’ initiative.

The governor also donated transformers to two communities in Alapere and Ijegun respectively to boost electricity supply in their localities.

Governor Ambode, who was represented at the handing over ceremony by the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo, had read about the plight of the residents via a newspaper publication in which they appealed to the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) to come to their aid to replace their aging transformers.

The transformer at Palmgroove Estate, according to the residents, was installed in 1958 and had become problematic in the last ten years, causing it to develop fault on a weekly basis.

Chairman, Resident Association of PalmGroove Estate, Capt. Jide George (right), fielding questions from news men while Lagos State Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo (2nd left) and Executive Secretary, Odi Olowo-Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area, Hon. Razaq Ajala (left), watch, during the handing over of a 500KVA Transformer to PalmGroove Estate in Odi Olowo-Ojuwoye LCDA by the Lagos State Government,

Chairman, Resident Association of PalmGroove Estate, Capt. Jide George (right), fielding questions from news men while Lagos State Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo (2nd left) and Executive Secretary, Odi Olowo-Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area, Hon. Razaq Ajala (left), watch, during the handing over of a 500KVA Transformer to PalmGroove Estate in Odi Olowo-Ojuwoye LCDA by the Lagos State Government,

Oluwo, in his remarks, said Governor Ambode was of the view that if the electricity distribution companies were not making the right investment, the people would wallow in darkness, hence, his administration is poised to alleviate the suffering of Lagosians.

He recalled the setting up of a committee under the Governor’s office which included the electricity generation companies, distribution companies, gas suppliers and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, saying that the intention of the committee was to intervene as far as possible so as to ensure that the people have access to electricity.

He said: “This is part of the Light Up Lagos Project. I want the people of Lagos to understand that the Project is not all about street lights alone. Infact, street light is a small component of the Project. The intention of Light Up Lagos is to continue to intervene both in distribution area, the gas and so on in a way to facilitate the overall equation of delivering power to our people and that is what this is all about.

“It will be interesting to note that the Governor read about the plight of the residents yesterday (Friday) in the papers and we are dropping the transformer today here and in two other locations. After here, we are going to Alapere to drop another one and then Ijegun to drop the third one today,” Oluwo said.

He, therefore, encouraged residents to continue to engage government via the official channels and other channels such as the social media, print media and electronic media, assuring that the Ambode’s administration, being a people-oriented government, would always intervene as fast as possible.

Responding, President of Palmgroove Estate Residents Association, Captain Jide George said the prompt manner with which the Governor responded to their plight was worthy of emulation by other leaders, saying it was an eloquent testimony of leadership by example.

“This is very much unprecedented. I never believed that such a thing could happen where you will just put something in the papers and the Governor will respond to it expeditiously. We are ready to support the efforts of the Governor. All of us are behind him and we want to say thank you to the Governor,” George said.

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