It was a moment of excitement for members of Adafila community in Orire Local Council of Oyo State as they witnessed electricity supply for the first time in 45 years.
Elated, the community members trooped out en masse on Monday to savour the development and shower praise on Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu.
The triumph came courtesy of Rural Electrification Agency (REA), an arm of the Ministry of Power, in collaboration with World Bank and Havenhill Synergy Ltd.
The Guardian learnt that Adafila community, which has more than 1,400 houses, had been economically backward for decades because it lacked electricity. It was also gathered that many residents were forced to relocate because they couldn’t engage in profitable businesses.
Managing Director of REA, Ahmad Salihijo Ahmad, said the grid has the capacity to service about 2,000 houses, with provision for more in case of expansion.
Ahmad said with the connection of Adafila to the grid, poverty and epileptic supply of power have become a thing of the past.