Aawe community in Asa Local Government Area of Kwara State has heaved a sigh of relief following the restoration of electricity supply to the area after a seven-year blackout.
The District Head of Aawe community, Alhaji Oba Daudu-Sulaiman, who confirmed the development to Daily Trust, lamented that many of the indigenes had to leave at the height of the problem which caused devasting consequences on the social and economic life of the town.
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He said many of them have now indicated interest to return after the restoration of power to Aawe.
“Many of the indigenes, especially young women and youth, who engaged in various businesses that hitherto left during the period of the blackout have gradually started returning.
He, however, thanked Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq and the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (lBEDC) for the restoration.
He appealed to the state government to assist the community in the provision of classrooms in its secondary school constructed by the community through self-help and construction of the only road linking Aawe with Ilorin and other towns.
Speaking on the development, the Kwara Regional Head of lBEDC, Alhaji Ajisafe Bello, advised the community to guard the installation against vandalism and theft and pay their bills promptly to sustain a constant power supply.
The community was thrown into darkness seven years ago after a rainstorm damaged electric cables and poles.