The people of Gbamu Gbamu in Ijebu East Central Local Council Development Area of Ogun State have expressed gratitude to the State government for providing electricity to the community, which had been in darkness for over 25 years.
Speaking at the commissioning of 85KW Solar Hybrid Mini Grid, the Baale of the Community, Mr. Adekunle Fayomi, said his people are over joyous as the project would help revive the economy and social life in the area.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Council Area, Barr. Adebayo Osikomaiya, said the provision of electricity would attract more investors and fast track the development of the area.
Speaking at the occasion, the State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, said the project was in tandem with the rural development policy of the State government, aimed at developing the grassroots, thereby reducing the urban-rural drift.
“Our belief is that the provision of stable power supply will boost the economic activities of our people, promote employment generation by enhancing and scaling up Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs), promoting value chain and reducing rural-urban migration,” he said.
He assured that his government would continue to collaborate with development partners, especially private investors in the power sector to continually make the State conducive and secure for businesses to thrive.
The Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, who also oversees the affairs of the Ministry of Rural Development, said the commissioning was a clear indication that the State was creating enabling environments to curb rural-urban drift, adding that, similar projects would be replicated in more rural communities in the State.
In his remarks, the Minister for Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, represented by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma, said the project would improve the standard of living of the people, noting that, Federal government would continue to engage the private sector on vibrant projects for the betterment of Nigerians.
In their goodwill messages, the representative of the European Union, Kurt Cornelius, the German Consul General in Lagos, Ingo Herbert, and the United States Consul General in Lagos, John Bray respectively, agreed that the project would tackle unemployment through the setting up of small scale businesses, calling on the people to ensure proper maintenance of the facility.