Do You Know An Ondo Community Without Electricity For 10 Years?
Residents of Ondo South senatorial area can now heave a sigh of relief after ten years of existence without a taste of electricity.
The blackout, which was believed to have forced many youths in the area to abandon their vocational work and migrate to other places, was said to have virtually collapsed the economy in the affected communities.
Sources in the affected region claimed that the recent protest by youths with a threat to sabotage the conduct of 2019 election in the area was what actually propelled the government into action.
Declaring open the restoration programme carried out by one of the state power service providers, R.R Reynolds, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu assured all the communities that days of blackout are over.
According to him, the solar power systems which are currently adopted were immediate palliatives for the most deprived area and were only used as a start off point.
One of the community leaders, John Ayeomo Betiku, who expressed his pleasure on the development, admitted that it is not yet time to celebrate in the area.
"Although, we are very appreciative of this intervention after ten years, but its not yet time to celebrate. We have experienced the worst already and at this juncture, I feel we should just give the government the benefit of doubt to fully carry out its promise before we can roll out the drum." He said.
The ten-years blackout had reportedly triggered series of violent protests by the youths.
The most recent of such, was said to have disrupted the voters card registration and collections of PVCs.
The angry youths were said to have issued a threat that 2019 election would not hold in the region until light is restored.
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