By Dayo Johnson
AKURE—GOVERNOR Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has inaugurated the 85kw Igbatoro Onigari solar mini-grid power project in Akure North area of the state.
Equally launched was the pilot of a scalable 45kw cabin-type mini-grid power project in Gbagira town in Ilaje local government area of Ondo State.
The Special Adviser on Public Utilities to the governor, Engineer Tunji Ariyomo commended the duo of Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger-Delta, PIND, and A4 and T Power Solutions for the success of the Gbagira project.
He said that the Gbagira power plant now brings to five the number of successfully completed community power interventions by the Akeredolu-led government in the past two years.
Ariyomo said: “The Ondo State government just last year provided off-grid solar intervention in Ebute-Ipare, Aboto and Igbobini towns through another private firm, Messrs R. R. Reynolds.
“Today, we are delighted that PIND and A4 and T Solutions have continued this serious business of providing quality 24/7 electricity for our people using alternative technology.
“Another private firm is building an Independent Power Plant, IPP, that will service government-owned establishments and government-owned residential estates in Akure while another company is building an IPP around Igbokoda to service the community and adjoining areas as well as the university campus in Igodan Lisa.”
In his remarks, the Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom Oba Fredrick Akinruntan said with the advent of the IPP in the community, the socio-economic nerves of the community would experience meteoric development.
The monarch said: “The community would guard jealously all the power facilities and ensure prompt payment of their bills.”
He commended Akeredolu on the giant stride, saying the various projects being executed in the Southern senatorial district are laudable.