The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the installation of a 1 x 60MVA, 132/33kV transmission substation in Oro, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, a project facilitated by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture.
The ground-breaking ceremony which took place on Thursday, was witnessed by the Minister of Interior who was accompanied by Engr. Sule Abdulazeez, the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, the Council of traditional chiefs from the town, and other dignitaries.
EnergyDay gathered that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had in December 2022, approved $8 million, with N3 billion in local content for the design, supply and installation of 1 x 60MVA, 132/33kV transmission sub-station here in Oro, with 5km turn-in-turn-out Offa-Omu-Aran 132kV double circuit transmission lines.
Engr. Abdulazeez, Managing Director of TCN, in his address said that the project is one of those aimed at achieving reliable and quick bulk electricity for the Distribution Companies.
He said Oro currently depends on the Isanlu Feeder Supplies of 8MW of electricity to 11 surrounding communities, stressing that the situation would change as soon as the transmission station comes on stream.
Alhaji Mohammed on his part said that the project would lead to an improved power supply to Oro and its environs, boost economic activities, especially for artisans and small and medium-scale businesses, and enhance the social development of the people.
He said, “This is a momentous occasion for Oro, considering the expected positive fallouts of this project, which was approved by the Federal Executive Council on Dec. 21st 2023.
“The project is a game changer, in that when completed, it will transform, for the better, the lives of the people of Oro in particular and the entire Irepodun Local Government in general.
“The project will lead to an improvement in power supply to Oro and its environs, boost economic activities in these areas, especially for artisans and small and medium scale businesses, and enhance the social development of the people.
The Minister however charged the people of Oro to see this project as their own and jealously protect it.
He also warned them not to disturb the contractor under any guise so that he can deliver the work within the stipulated time, adding that all hands must be on deck to provide all the necessary support for the quick completion of the job.