Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has ordered immediate construction of 8megawatts and 5megawatts hydro power stations at Ikeji-Ile and Okinni axis of the state.
He said the action was necessary to complement electricity supplies to the state and make life more comfortable for the citizens.
Aregbesola gave the directive while receiving a template being presented by the project contractor, CBC Energy/UNIDO at the official presentation of the proposed 20megawatts Hydro-power Investment Proposition on Osun Water Bodies, at Government House, Osogbo, on Thursday.
The Governor described electricity as a powerful economic determinant and explained that “though we are projecting 20megawatts of hydropower energy for Kajola, Ikeji-Ile, Owalla dam in Okinni and Ede, we are starting with this while the subsequent follows.
“This is necessary having taken into cognisance the state’s
electricity requirements coupled with challenges attached to electricity supplies.
“Our effort on this is to ensure that the general well being of our people takes priority in all we do.
He charged the contracting company on excellence and quality job delivery, saying the state would do everything possible to accomplish the goal.
Earlier, the Managing Director, CBC Hydropower Energy, Engineer Kunle Oderinu commended the state for being resilient to human and capital developments.
He disclosed that the company having obtained an approval from the state to execute the projects, has done a lot to ascertain successful implementation, saying all the preliminary works had been done including feasibility studies to prevent any adverse effects of the projects. He therefore reassured the state of quality services.
In his presentation, Newton CBC Consultant, Samsideen Alabi, said “the company would do everything humanly possible to deliver on its promises to the state”.