On Saturday, January 30, 2016 the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode took an unprecedented step to change a nearly 60 year old transformer for the residents of Palmgroove Estate near Ilupeju in Lagos.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Wale Oluwo donated a 500kva transformer after the Governor read about the plight of the residents in a newspapers article appealing to the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) to come to their aid to replace their aging transformers.
The transformer was installed in 1958 and had become problematic in the last ten years, causing it to develop fault on a weekly basis.
“It will be interesting to note that the Governor read about the plight of the residents yesterday (Friday) in the papers and we are dropping the transformer today here and in two other locations. After here, we are going to Alapere to drop another one and then Ijegun to drop the third one today,” Mr. Oluwo said.
Responding, President of Palmgroove Estate Residents Association, Captain Jide George said the prompt manner with which the Governor responded to their plight was worthy of emulation by other leaders, saying it was an eloquent testimony of leadership by example.
“This is very much unprecedented. I never believed that such a thing could happen where you will just put something in the papers and the Governor will respond to it expeditiously. We are ready to support the efforts of the Governor. All of us are behind him and we want to say thank you to the Governor,” George said.