The Turaki of Ilorin and Kwara Central Senatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Saliu Mustapha, has directed the immediate completion of the long abandoned Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Injection Sub-Station at Kunlende area of Ilorin.
On completion, the electrification project is expected to boost electricity supply by a record 17 hours daily to Kunlende/Royal Valley/Idi-Igba/Akerebiata/Gambari and Sango communities in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
It would be recalled that the power project had been abandoned since 2017, thus prompting Mustapha through his foundation, the Saliu Mustapha Foundation, to intervene with a view to stemming the tide of erratic power supply in the area and in turn stimulate the economy of residents and shop owners, who depend on electricity supply.
Speaking on the development, the Chairman of Gambari-Sango-Akerebiata communities, Alhaji Ahmed Toyin Kaduna, and the Secretary, Alhaji Adelodun Lukman Yusuf, said the completion of the long abandoned sub-station would go a long way to improve the living standard of the people of the benefiting communities.
They noted in a joint statement that it would be the first time a non-public office holder would solely finance such a big project, commending Mallam Saliu Mustapha for his swift intervention and for attending to the plights of the people of the communities.
The Turaki of Ilorin, who spoke through one of his aides, Mallam Sulyman Buhari, said the intervention is in continuation of his actionable philanthropy across Ilorin communities.
“We don’t always have to wait on the government before intervening in critical community projects that have direct impacts on the socio-economic advancement of the people at the grassroots.
This, he said, was the motivation for the approval of funds required to fix the injection sub-station to complement the efforts of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq-led administration in the State to improve electricity supply to the communities towards enhancing their socioeconomic activities and increase their access to basic facilities.