The Ekiti State Government has allocated a total of N806,409,775.00 million to enhance electricity supply across the state through various power generation initiatives.

This decision was reached during a State Executive Council meeting held on Thursday, as disclosed by the Commissioner for Information, Taiwo Olatunbosun, during a press briefing on Friday.

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The approved funds aim to address the persistent issue of erratic power supply and to extend electricity access to new areas by connecting them to the national grid. Among the approved projects are the extension, rehabilitation of 33kv networks, and installation of transformers in towns and villages across Ekiti State.

Breaking down the allocations, Olatunbosun highlighted specific projects including N147,554,000.00 for the extension of electricity and installation of transformers at Ibukunoluwa/Asun Gbowoola and adjacent communities on Afao Road, Ado Ekiti.

Additionally, N60,002,275.00 has been earmarked for similar projects at Faglo Area, Basiri, Ado Ekiti, and for transformer installations at Isan and Usi Ekiti.

Other allocations include N145,289,700.00 for the rehabilitation of the 33kv network from Ilumoba to Ikole Ekiti, N162,834,000.00 for the extension of the 33kv network from Ilawe to Igbara Odo, and N232,847,000.00 for the extension of the 33kv network from Aramoko to Ijero Ekiti. Additionally, N59,882,800.00 has been allocated for the extension of electricity and installation of transformers elsewhere.

All projects are slated for execution by the State Electricity Board using direct labor, with an expected completion timeframe of three months.

Professor Mobolaji Aluko, the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Public Utilities, emphasized the government’s commitment to ensuring that every town and village in Ekiti State receives electricity from within the state.

He noted major efforts underway to extend 33kv lines between key areas such as Aramoko and Ijero, Erinjiyan and Igbara Odo, and Iluomoba and Ikole Ekiti, among others.

“This initiative aims to disconnect external power sources, such as the line from Akure to Igbara Odo, in favor of locally generated electricity,” Professor Aluko explained.