Over 70 communities in Gwanara district of Baruten Local government area of Kwara State and another 30 communities in Aawe District of Asa Local Government Area in Kwara state are yet to have power supply for over 100 years after their creation.
In a report by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), head of Aawe District, Alhaji Oba Daudu-Suleiman confirm the development.
‘This is not the beautiful oil city that we used to know’ The district head who disclosed this to NAN in Aawe on Monday, described the development as unacceptable.
He said the non provision of electricity and other infrastructural facilities like good roads in the communities had slow the growth and development of the areas.
The district head listed some of the affected communities to include: Olowo, Atere, Elelu, Ogunbo, Yede, Ogundeji, Danbudo, Okoolowo, Afo, Ologede, Layeri, Ajengba, Afonta and Ode Magaji, among others.
He appealed to the state government to come to the aid of the communities as a way of bringing development to the grassroots.
He said the provision of electricity in rural communities would curb rural-urban migration and create employment for teeming youths in the areas.
Daudu-Suleiman also urged the state government to urgently find lasting solution to the power outage confronting Aawe in the last five years.
He said that the power outage was caused by rainstorm, adding that the development had crippled social and economic activities of the town.
An indegene of Baruten, Kayode Gobir stated that ‘’in my town (chikanda) and 70 others, we have never had light for once here since I was born and i am now 23 year old.
I never experienced anything like electric light in my town except generators and it was said to have been like that for over 100years.
In 2002/2003, late Governor Alabi Lawal
try to fix our electricity, they installed the poles and everything,but they couldn’t complete it before he left office.
However, since 2003 till date, no government ever did anything to complete it;
neither did they do anything else. As a matter of fact, people now use
those electric poles for spreading cloths.
Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Energy, Mr Sunday Moses, who also spoke to NAN confirmed the revelation of the district head, adding that the ministry was aware that several communities across the state were yet to enjoy electricity.
He said that the state government was working round the clock, within its available resources, toward ensuring that electricity got to the nooks and crannies of the state, to bring more development.
“Several communities have written letters of request to the ministry, we have informed the state government of their requests, we are working round the clock on the issue,“ he said