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Union seeks inclusion of community in Kogi’s rural electrification project



Ogalaja Ofada Progressive Union, a grassroots development organisation in Ogbonicha Ward, Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi, has appealed to the state government to include the community in its ongoing rural electrification project.

The union, which has affiliates across the country, made the plea in a communique issued in Lagos on Sunday following a meeting at its Secretariat in Ogbonicha, Kogi.

In the communique issued by its National President, Chief Abubakar Agene and its National Secretary, Mr Oguche Matejuojo, the union lauded Gov. Yahaya Bello for his rural transformation agenda.

The communique appealed to the Taskforce on Rural Electrification Project set up by the governor to extend the rural electrification project to the community which had already purchased a 500KVA transformer.

“Ogalaja-Ofada Progresssive Union is requesting Gov. Yahaya Bello to come to the rescue of Ogalaja-Ofada community made up of many villages as well as its environs thus:

“We humbly put forward the following urgent developmental needs:

“Electrification of our community where there is already an existing installed 500KVA Transformer.

“This union has already acquired a 500KVA transformer for the community which is now lying waste due to our inability to power the transformer to supply the various communities,” it stated.

The communique also commended the state government for rehabilitating and constructing additional classrooms in the community’s Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) primary school in the area.

The union also appealed for employment of teachers in the school.

It further lauded the Federal and Kogi State Governments for reactivating the Ajaokuta Steel Complex and called for speedy action to ensure it operates at full capacity.

The communique also appealed for drilling of boreholes to address water needs in the area.

In another development, a statement by Agene also in Lagos on Sunday, appealed to Kogi residents to abide by the lockdown order by the government.

It said that this was in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19.

“I am appealing to my people in Kogi East and the entire state to obey the lockdown order by our governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, to curb the spread of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.

“It is in our best interest to obey government directive because it is only the living that can engage in commerce and other activities,” it said.

The statement commended efforts of the governments of Kogi and Lagos toward curbing the pandemic and thanked the Federal Government for the various interventions put in place to curtail the virus. .

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi


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