After six years of blackout in Magbon Alade and seven surrounding communities in Ibeju Lekki local government area of Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has pledged to intervene with the aim of restoring power in affected towns.
The issue was formally brought to the governor’s notice at the weekend during his two-day working visit to Free Trade Zones in the area.
The affected towns are Magbon Alade, Alasia, Orimedu, Eleko, Osa Oroko, Ise, Akodo, Solu – all in Ibeju local government area.
Sanwo-Olu held a parley with traditional rulers and villages’ heads in the area during which Onilekki of Lekki, Oba Liasim Ogunbekun, presented the problem before the governor.
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According to the monarch, the cause of the power outage could not be traced, while the power distribution company operating in the area had not given specific reasons for the blackout.
Ogunbekun said despite the repairs carried out on the transmission cables that brought electricity into the affected towns by the council leadership, members of the communities had not had electricity for more than 30 minutes in the last six years.
The monarch said: “This is the sixth year that we have had electricity in our communities. Nobody has explained to us what the problem is, but we were told it is due to faulty transmission cables that takes electricity into the communities. Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area chairman rose to the occasion and changed all the cables. Yet, we only had light for 30 minutes. Since then, all the towns have been in darkness. We make passionate appeal to you, Mr. Governor, to intervene in this matter.”
The disclosure surprised Governor Sanwo-Olu, who said the matter was never brought to his notice.
He said the council chairman only informed him during the tour of the free zones.
The governor promised to personally take charge of the process towards restoring electricity in the affected communities.
He said: “I was taken aback when I was informed by the local government chairman that the whole communities have not had electricity in the last six years. I asked if the problem was caused by transformer, he said the issue was beyond that. I didn’t believe the story until you (the traditional rulers) are telling me now. This is so bad. I will find out whether the issue came from Ibeju.
“God willing, I will personally take full charge of the situation and ensure we solve the power problem for you. Your only task is to constantly remind the state government through your local government chairman. This is a problem we cannot neglect; we must solve it with the urgency it demands.”
Sanwo-Olu said the state government had started making the move to strengthen security in communities surrounding the Free Trade Zone areas, disclosing that the state was considering the possibility of upgrading a police post in Akodo Village to a full-fledged Divisional Police Station.
The move, the governor said, would be discussed with Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu.
Other traditional rulers at the meeting include Onise of Ise, Oba Ganiyu Adegbesan; Oloshoroko of Osa Oroko, Oba Ebenezer Oyiri; Elemoro, Oba Tajudeen Elemoro, represented by Chief Raji Elemoro, and Onisolu of Solu, Oba Muyideen Balogun.