Indigenes and residents of Ikeji-Ile trooped out in large number, on Saturday, to witness the arrival of the two turbines, which would power hydro electricity from the stream coursing through Ikeji-Ile hilltop.
UNIDO’s Technical Director/Coordinator, Small Hydro Power, Dr Ayodele Esan, said the project was a novel way to empower the people at the grass roots.
Esan explained that the power project needed to be put in place before the commencement of the proposed craft village slated for the area.
Delivering the two turbines to the people of Ikeji-Ile, the Chairman, Hydro Power Electricity Generating Company for UNIDO, Mr. Atilade Oshoniyi, said the natural velocity of the water flow from Ikeji-Ile hilltop would be harnessed to generate electricity.
He assured that the people of the area would enjoy 24-hour power supply because a survey conducted by UNIDO in conjunction with the state government showed that the stream flows all through the year, adding that socio-economic activities would be improved in the area.
Speaking after receiving the turbines, the Arakeji of Ikeji-Ile and traditional ruler of Ira-Ikeji, Oba Adebayo Ogunmokun and Oba Oluropo Fatanmi, respectively commended Aregbesola for responding to the yearnings of the people in the area.
Both traditional rulers said Aregbesola has showed commitment and passion for emancipation of the down-trodden through the initiative.
Information from Punch was used in this report.