Community urges Dawodu to get IKEDC to connect transformer
By Edith Igbokwe
Basking in the euphoria of a transformer recently donated by the House of Representatives member Dr. Bashir Dawodu, the two (Doort and Abaju-Odu) Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Mafoluku area of Oshodi-Isolo LGA are playing Oliver Twist.
Last week, both returned to the rep with a request to assist them to get the IKEDC to power the transformer to save the community from load shedding.
They complained that the transformer has been left unused since last year as the electricity distribution company refused to install it.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the installation is being delayed because IKEDC is waiting for the approval by the National Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA).
Aside from the approval, the community also complained that it could foot the N350,000 requested by the contractor to install the transformer.
Ikeja electric had requested that the community get an internal contractor from within the company who would process the connection of the transformer to power grid after installation.
The communities involved said they could not raise such amount as they sought Dawodu’s assistance on both the fund and the NEMSA approval.
Speaking on the issues, the Doort CDA Chairman, Mr. Femi Awoyemi said: “We have written to Dr. Dawodu and he has sent his representatives to meet with us to ascertain the next step of action to make sure the transformer is functioning.”
Abaju-Odu CDA Chairman, Mr. Sunday Adeboye, disclosed that the quality of the materials for powering the transformer has been approved and certified by NEMASA but they were worried over the demand for N350,000 by the internal contractor for the connection and powering of the transformer.
While appreciating the lawmaker for his quick response to their letter, the concerned CDAs appealed that he should continue to use his good office to ensure that the community enjoys the transformer as they await his feedback.