Ilesha Outage: We have ordered for equipment required to fix Oke-Omiru Injection Substation, IBEDC assures

Chief Operating Officer of Ibadan Electricity Company, IBEDC, Mr. John Ayodele, says the company has ordered for


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Ilesha Outage: We have ordered for equipment required to fix Oke-Omiru Injection Substation, IBEDC assures

 

Chief Operating Officer of Ibadan Electricity Company, IBEDC, Mr. John Ayodele, says the company has ordered for equipment required for the rehabilitation of the Oke-Omiru Injection Substation in Ilesha, Osun State.

 

Our Energy Correspondent, National, reports that Ayodele gave the assurance Monday, June 3, in a statement, noting that the administrative and technical team would visit the substation to begin clean-up and system replacement, among others.

 

 

It would be recalled that on April 6, the Chief Executive Officer of lBEDC, Mr. John Donnachie, hinted that due to the extensive damage done to IBEDC distribution network infrastructure, specifically the Oke-Omiru injection substation and the accompanying district facilities, power cannot be restored as hundreds of millions of naira would be required to revamp and rehabilitate the infrastructure.

 

 

"On the technical end, while await the delivery of the equipment needed to rehabilitate the Oke -Omiru Injection substation, we will simultaneously explore restoring power temporarily to some parts of Ilesha through one of the neighboring substations, which  we have ascertained is in good condition, namely  Imo or Ilerin Injection substations," he said. 

 

Ayodele explained that the power restoration will be in phases “as our technical team progress with the palliative works”.

 

Responding to news making the rounds that IBEDC is deliberating refusing to restore power to Ilesha and threats from some advocacy groups, he stated that it is understandable that stories and so called threats would be peddled from  uninformed people to stir rancour.

 

He added that because the Governor and leadership of the Ilesha people that have been interfacing with IBEDC are aware of all the efforts to restore power. 

 

He said: "That is why we always counsel and appeal to communities never to resort to violence, vandalism and destruction of power infrastructures and installations during protests. Because the sad occurrence at Ilesha resulted in destruction of infrastructure worth over N200 million.  Off course with the already limited financial resources available and other considerations it will never be easy to restore power when unfortunate incidents  like this occur, as the funding availability to all Discos are very limited”.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Yunus Yusuf
Energy Correspondent, National
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