The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has commissioned a 5.62km streetlight project and connected more communities in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state to the 95MW Ossiomo Power Project, as part of the light-up Edo project.
The governor was accompanied to the project's commissioning by his wife, Betsy; the Chief of Staff, Hon. Osaigbovo Iyoha; Special Adviser, Strategy, Policy, Projects, and Performance Management, Sarah Esangbedo Ajose-Adeogun, and other top government functionaries.
Obaseki expressed confidence that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will emerge victorious in Saturday’s general elections, noting that Edo people will reciprocate the government’s gestures at improving the livelihoods of the people by voting en masse for the party.
He said, “On Saturday, our people will come out and vote for projects and development and won’t need to be given money to vote for our party. They know what is going on and know how our money is being spent in Edo State and will make the right decision. The people now know that PDP is the party that cares for them and can deliver development for the people.”
The governor said Atiku’s emergence as the next President will lead to better collaboration for more development and growth in the State, adding, "When our next president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar gets sworn in, the level of cooperation I expect from the federal government will be much more and will lead to more development in Edo.”
The PDP Chairman in Ikpoba-Okha, Pastor Paul Osazuwa, commended the governor’s life-changing projects in the area, noting, "You are one of the best governors that have governed Edo State. I urge you to continue to develop the State through the very many impactful projects you have embarked on that have improved the lives of the people. It's a few days to the election; we will vote PDP from top to bottom to thank you for the projects.”
On his part, a community representative, Mr. Alex Aransowan Osamede, added, “We thank you, Mr. Governor for remembering and prioritizing us. We are happy with the way you did Lucky Way and Jemila Road, and now IPP and streetlight projects. You are a wonderful governor.”
Speaking on the project, the functioning Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Electricity, Engr. Victor Obanor said, “We are witnessing two projects namely, the Independent Power Project (IPP) from Ossiomo Power Plant and secondly, the streetlight project. The IPP is powering the streetlights.
“The extension of the IPP, 11KVA starts from Ring Road, Igun, Upper Igun, Murtala Mohammed Way, and Ewa Road Junction, extending all the way through to NABTEB where we are gathering today to light up the area.
“The second project is the Akpakpava streetlight which is from Ring Road to the roundabout of Ramat Park, measuring a total length of 5.67km. We urge residents in this area to please protect this project from vandalism; it's your project.”