Jubilation erupted in Omu-Aran, Kwara, on Thursday as electricity supply to Irepodun Local Government Secretariat was restored after three years outage.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the council’s electricity supply was disconnected by Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) in 2014 over indebtedness.
The restoration of electricity to the secretariat at about noon caught some of the staff unaware as they went wild in jubilation.
NAN also reports that the development coincided with the visit of the executive member of Omu-Aran Development Association (ODA) to the council secretariat.
The ODA executives led by its President, Chief Bisi Adeyemi, were in the council on a congratulatory visit to the newly sworn-in Chairman, Mr Muyiwa Oladipo.
Oladipo told NAN that the reconnection of electricity to the council was a promise fulfilled.
“I have been holding random meetings with the management of the electricity company since assuming office few days ago on the way forward.
“The issue of power outage in the council over a long period has been a source of concern to my administration, but we thank God who had made it possible,” he said.
He said his administration had mapped out strategies in collaboration with the IBEDC management towards ensuring adequate power supply to the secretariat to aid efficiency.
Oladipo expressed his administration’s support to every stakeholder in the effort to achieve the desired socioeconomic transformation envisioned for the council.
Earlier, the ODA boss advised Oladipo to beam its searchlight on the issue of security, rural road rehabilitation and infrastructural development within the council area.
Adeyemi, who used the opportunity to invite the chairman to its annual general meeting on Dec. 26, said the town’s annual get-together earlier scheduled for Dec. 30 has been postponed indefinitely.
The postponement, according to him, was in honour of the late traditional ruler of the town, Oba Charles Ibitoye, who died at the age of 65.
The executives of Omu-Aran Microfinance Bank were also in the council on a congratulatory visit to the new council chairman.