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Kwara community decries lack of electricity for decades

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The Gbabu-elega community in Asa Local Government area of Kwara state has cried out to the State government to rescue the community from lack of electricity since its existence over three centuries ago as state and privately-owned electricity companies had not connected the areas to the national grid in some decades.

Speaking to journalists in the area on Wednesday, Busari Ayinde, the Baale of the community appealed to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to assist the community with power supply, saying that the community has been without electricity since its existence, a situation which, he said, had hindered its socio-economic development.

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Ayinde, lamented that non-provision of electricity has hampered the siting of industries and other economic ventures at Gbabu-elega, adding that neighbouring communities like Ballah, Eiyenkorin and Alapa, among others, that had electricity were making progress in terms of development.

Several indigenes of the community, especially the youths who were expected to contribute to the economic growth and development of the community had fled to urban centres to seek better opportunities.

The Baale noted that the immediate past member of the House of Representatives from Asa-llorin West Federal Constituency, Rasaq Atunwa, had provided a transformer for the community about five years ago, although without cables and all efforts by the community to bid goodbye to blackout had proved futile since the time the transformer was provided.