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LIGHT-UP OYO: Makinde Replies Critics, Says Project Will Be Powered By Generators Until IPP Is Fully Ready
Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, has stated that the light-up Oyo project will continue to be powered by diesel generators until the Independent Power Project IPP is fully ready for usage.
He added that the state government did not choose to use diesel generators but the contractor offered to power the lights using these generators for quick deployment as gas generators have a long delivery timeline.
The governor was responding via a newsletter dated May 5 to critics, who have recently taken to the social media to condemn the powering of the project with generators, which according to some, is not economical and cost-effective.
Makinde explained further that when the IPP becomes operational, it will serve as the primary power source for the project with the gas generators/battery-packed inverter systems as a backup.
He said: “For example, many people have been complaining about why we chose diesel generators over solar energy for the ‘Light Up Oyo’ project.
“So, we needed to explain to them that we did not choose to use diesel generators; the contractor offered to power the lights using these generators for quick deployment as gas generators have a long delivery timeline.
“The ‘Light Up Oyo’ project will be powered by gas generators/battery packed inverter systems until the Oyo State Independent Power Project (IPP) is ready. The IPP will then become the primary power source for the project with the gas generators/battery-packed inverter systems as a backup.
“Also, given the cost-effectiveness of maintaining the DC powered lights in the long run, we decided against the solar-powered ones.”
The IPP will power all the street lights, critical state assets including schools, hospitals, Judiciary Complex and the stadium.