By Christiana Ekpa
The House of Representatives yesterday asked the Federal Ministry of Power to install a 100 MVA Sub–station at Obasanjo Transmission, Ota and A132/33KV Substation in Yewa, Egbado South/Ipokia Federal Constituency of Ogun State.
The House equally asked the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to expedite action on their efforts at improving power supply to Owode–Yewa, Ajilete, Oke–Odan, Idiroko, Agosasa, Ijofin, Ajegunle Ilaro and Ipokia in Ogun State.
The Green Chamber urged the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to, as a matter of urgency, convert the existing single 33KV line from Papalan to Sub–station to a double circuit line.
The House resolutions followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon. Kolawole Lawal.
Lawal while moving the motion noted that the importance of Electricity to the socio–economic development of every area cannot be overemphasized.
The Lawmaker lamented that the lack of electricity supply due to a non–functional sub–station in Yewa Local Government Area has adversely affected socio–economic activities in the area.
He expressed concerns that many communities, especially Owode–Yewa, Ajilete, Oke–Odan, Idiroko, Agosasa, Ijofin, Ajegunle, Ilaro and Ipokia have barely electricity in the last ten years, thus causing disruptions in economic activities in the area.
He added that the continuous erratic power supply in the area has paralyzed many businesses and rendered business owners jobless, while hospitals have been rendered inoperable, thus denying the people access to adequate health care.
Adopting the motion, the House mandated its Committee on Power to ensure implementation.
In a related development, the House urged the Federal Government to extend the standard gauge railway line to the Sanusi Railway Station near Igboora in the Ibarapa axis of Oyo state and make it functional.