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Oyo Commissioner for energy reveals effort to end epileptic power supply in state

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Oyo State Government was putting effort towards achieving an independent power supply in the next few years, the state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Barrister Temilolu ‘Seun Ashamu has said.

In a statement made available to CAPITAL POST on Wednesday, he said that the option of independent power station was the way out of epileptic power supply, while seeking the support of energy generation companies to make it a reality.

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He said the state government would take advantage of its dams and landscape to power unserved areas in order to increase the hours of electricity in the state.

He said: “The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating independent power in Oyo State to establish independent electric grid.

“We are working on creating a conducive environment for effective teaching and learning in schools. Also, there should be steady power supply in our hospitals and primary health centres.

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“Last year, I sought permission from the governor to meet with the Transmission Company of Nigeria in Abuja. We met with them on how to improve the electricity distribution in the state.”

The commissioner expressed the readiness of the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration to further improve on the well-being of citizens through the actualization of the independent power supply project initiative.

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He added: “On the economic side of things, we know that if we want foreign investors in our state, we must assure them of constant power supply.”

The Commissioner further revealed that the state government was doing all it could to attract investors to the state.

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