30 Kwara Communities In Darkness For 100 Years


Not less than 30 communities in Aawe District of Asa Local Government Area in Kwara are yet to have power supply, over 100 years after their creation, according to the Head of the District, Alhaji Oba Daudu-Suleiman.

The district head who disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Aawe on Monday, described the development as unacceptable.

He said the non provision of electricity and other infrastructural facilities like good roads in the communities had retarded the growth and development of the areas.

The district head listed some of the affected communities to include: Olowo, Atere, Elelu, Ogunbo, Yede, Ogundeji, Danbudo, Afonta, Okoolowo, Afo, Ologede, Layeri, Ajengba, Afonta and Ode Magaji, among others.

He appealed to the state government to come to the aid of the communities as a way of bringing development to the grassroots.

He said the provision of electricity in rural communities would curb rural urban migration and create employment for teeming youths in the areas.

Daudu-Suleiman also urged the state government to urgently find lasting solution to the power outage confronting Aawe in the last five years.

He said that the power outage was caused by rainstorm, adding that the development had crippled social and economic activities of the town.

The Permanent Secretary, state Ministry of Energy, Mr Sunday Moses, who also spoke to the NAN confirmed the revelation of the district head, adding that the ministry was aware that several communities across the state were yet to enjoy electricity.

He said that the state government was working round the clock, within its available resources, toward ensuring that electricity get to the nooks and crannies of the state, to bring more development.

“Several communities have written letters of request to the ministry, we have informed the state government of their requests, we are working round the clock on the issue,“ he said.