14th February, 2011
Ikorodu, Lagos State, South West Nigeria was agog at the weekend when Governor Babatunde FasholaÂ handed overÂ Â rural electrification projects.
Communities in Ijede area of Ikorodu were provided with 500 KVA transformers to boost power supply inÂ the area.Â The communities are Surulere and Olorunsogo.
Fashola had gone to the area with his campaign machinery and officials of the state government thatÂ included the Commissioner for Rural Development, Prince Lanre Balogun; Special Adviser on Health, Mr.Â Toyin Amzat, among others.
At Olorunsogo area where a 500 KVA transformer was commissioned, several residents trooped out to meetÂ the governor with songs and praise.
Commissioner for Rural Development, Balogun said the transformer was meant to boost power supply andÂ prevent overloading.
Fashola told the crowd that the state government did not import transformers again as it nowÂ manufactures the equipment locally.
â€œThe Federal Government is not doing anything.Â We are not making money from the transformers but weÂ give them out free.Â The Federal Government said it would improve power supply in the country sinceÂ four years ago and nothing had been done since.
â€œWe did not promise to give you light, but we are doing it,â€ he said and called on the people to beÂ ready to monitor and defend their votes.
A larger crowd thronged the venue of the handover of the rural electrification project, as an AgereÂ masquerade also thrilled the visitors.
The governor urged the people to be vigilant by ensuring that when the Independent National ElectoralÂ Commission, INEC, display the votersâ€™ cards, they should go there and check to ensure that their namesÂ were not replaced with that of â€˜Mike Tyson.â€™
Fashola promised to deliver more rural projects to rural communities so that they could enjoy theÂ dividends of democracy.