Hope was restored for the communities in Ona-Ara and their environs when the 2x15mva, 33/11 kva substation at Akanran, Olorunsogo along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was commissioned by IBEDC. The two substation transformers were hitherto damaged during the national fuel hike protests by some misguided, irate youths numbering about three thousands some three years ago.

The commissioning plaque was unveiled by Senator. Abiola Ajimobi, the executive governor of Oyo State. Other dignitries included the Chairman of Ona-Ara local government, Alh.Ismaila Oyetunji,a community leader, Alh. Zakariyau Akinkunmi, the rep.of the GOC, Mechanised Division,Odogbo, LT Col. Anyalemechi and others. From the board of IBEDC, Mr. Ikuerowopami, Engr.Fortunato Leynes, the MD/CEO, Mr. John Darlington, the DMD, Mr. Noel Valeza, Engr. Carl Aquino, heads of marketing and Technical respectively with members of the management added glitterati to the occasion.

The event was a cynosure as different political parties’ stalwarts and faithfuls graced the occasion. Senator.Ajimobi pleaded with the communities, the people of Ona-Ara to partner with IBEDC and ensure that an arson of such magnitude never occur again. Engr. Leynes informed the people that it cost the company over one hundred and fifty million naira to rehabilitate the damaged substation. Darlington charged the communities to respond appropriately to the gesture by paying for electricity supplied promptly and adequately, stressing the business angle of providing electricity and the need to safeguard IBEDC facilities.

The people and communities, with the leaders of Ona-Ara and their environs in rapturous joy promised to form a working ally with the company concerning issues of prompt and adequate payments, enumeration of new customers and anti vandalism measures. The event climaxed with festivities and pomp.