In Continuation of Its efforts to bring development to the door steps of rural communities in the Niger Delta Region, the Niger Delta Development Commission has commissioned two electrification projects in Otuabula 2 and Sagbama in Bayelsa State.
The Otuabula project comprises 333kv overhead transmission line, low tension distribution network as well as installation of 2 numbers of 300kva 33/0.415 transformers with fencing and chipping bedding while that of Sagbama is a solar powered street light with 129 numbers galvanized poles with battery box and photo cell charge regulators.
Commissioning the projects, Acting Managing Director, Dr. Christy Atako said that the projects were in line with President Jonathan’s transformation agenda in which electrification remains a major component.
“What we are doing now is bringing development to you, with electrification, there will be a lot of economic activities, electricity is key to any form of development”.
She stated that the Federal Government was desirous to turn the fortunes of the Niger Delta region around with a view to making it one of the world’s most developed regions.
“Mr. President is committed to providing conducive environment in our communities, he wants to modernize the Niger Delta”.
The NDDC Boss urged the communities to guard the projects against vandalisation. “As we handover these projects to you, they will no longer be NDDC projects, we want you to take ownership of them and project them”.
Speaking on behalf of Otuabula Community, the Paramount Ruler, His Royal Highness, Omiloli Dogood, thanked the NDDC for the projec, promising to put it to maximum use.
The women were also not left out in the excitement as demonstrated by the Women Leader, Mrs. Baraburu-Yellowe Egimunu “We have been buying candles, using lanterns that have burnt our bodies, we thank God and NDDC for making sure that we in this rural area are seeing light”.
Similar gratitude was also expressed by the people of Sagbama who through their Community Chairman, Mr. Simeon told the NDDC team that lightening up the community has positively affected the socio-economic life of the area.
“Both the young and old are happy because of the light, and the community appreciates, with the light incidences of theft in Sagbama are gone”.