Blackout In Okitipupa, Ilaje, Others For 10 Years

Blackout in Okitipupa, Ilaje, others for 10 years
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Towns and villages in the riverside communities of Okitipupa, Ilaje, Ese-Odo and Irele, all in Ondo South, have been in darkness for 10 years running.

The Benin Electricity Distribution Company(BEDC) appears unable to rectify the problem, as it offers some scant hope.

BEDC said that the acute power supply limitation and the inability to connect the communities in to the national grid was due to a damaged breaker at the Ondo 132/33KV Station.

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Mrs Kunbi Labiyi, the Chief State Head, Ondo and Ekiti States, gave the clarification in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Akure.

Labiyi said the problem was compounded by the inability of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to make bulk power available for evacuation in the area.

“Power supply to Ondo South zone has always been grossly inadequate due largely to availability from Ondo 132/33KV injection substation which is the only source of supply now.

“This limitation has further been worsened by a faulty breaker on one of the 2X30MVA transformers which tied customers from Ondo town down to Okitipupa on one 30MVA transformer, thereby reducing what could be wheeled out at any particular time,” she said.

According to her, the starting point of getting power to customers in the value chain is the TCN which makes bulk power available to distribution companies to evacuate at different locations which unfortunately has not been met in this case.

She added that Ondo TCN, where Ondo South currently gets supply was about 150km away, with network traversing thick vegetation and farmlands which results to low quality of supply.

“Until TCN embarks on prompt repair of the faulty breaker, the challenge in Ondo South will persist.

“As a strong commitment towards getting a sustainable solution to the power crisis in Ore and Ondo South, we have entered into a third-party arrangement to connect the region through an off grid embedded power which is billed to materialise soon.

“However, we are hopeful that the ongoing construction of Erinje 2X60 MVA 132/33KV injection substation by the NDDC will complement all the efforts already put in place by BEDC when it is completed, ” she said.

 

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