The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, OBA Adedotun Gbadebo, has expressed concern on the ability of the Electricity Distribution Company operating in Egbaland to immediately translate the newly commissioned Transmission facilities in Abeokuta and environs into positive socioeconomic improvement for the people.
Oba Adedotun Gbadebo who was exchanging views with the Managing Director of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, Engr John Ayodele, noted that Abeokuta was the first to enjoyed electricity network supply in Nigeria since 1908, adding that the supply cables still seemed to be those used at that time.
The Alake therefore wondered how the State Capital and other parts of Egbaland would benefit from the new sophisticated transmission system.
In his response, Engr John Ayodele, told the Alake that IBEDC had been waiting for Transmission Company on Nigeria, TCN, to show seriousness on adequate and non epileptic power supply before the IBEDC could invest.
He disclosed that now that the TCN had demonstrated that it had capacity to transmit regular supply of energy, IBEDC and other Distribution Companies would invest more and get energy to homes and businesses.
Meanwhile, a Senior Engineer with the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Engr Victor Adewunmi, had called on the Distribution Companies to take immediate advantage of the newly commissioned 2X60MVA, 132/33 KV Substation in Kobape, Abeokuta, by investing in new transformers and cables in order to supply power to their numerous customers.
Engr Victor Adewunmi who was speaking to Newsflagship on the sideline of the commissioning, explained that the 2X60 MVA Transformers would generate more than enough energy for Abeokuta and environs such as Odeda, Sagamu, Mowe and Ibafo on daily and regular basis.
He however pointed out that people in these area would only enjoy the social and economic advantages of the newly commissioned facility, only if the Electricity Distribution Companies were ready and willing to put more money into supply cables and stepdown transformers.