AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY HON ABDULRAHEEM OLAJIDE JIMOH, THE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, YABA LCDA AT THE PRESENTATION OF TRANSFORMERS TO NEEDY COMMUNITIES ON TUESDAY 10TH, JULY, 2012.
‘’Let no man turn aside, ever so slightly, from the broad path of honour, on the plausible pretence that he is justified by the goodness of his end. All good ends can be worked out by good means’’ ——-Charles Dickens.
The biblical account of the emergence of light in the world makes an interesting reading. It said inter-alia: ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. Now the earth proved to be formless and waste and there was darkness upon the surface of the earth…………( In Yoruba, Aye si wa ni ju ju u). And God said Let there be light and there was light.
And the account is instructive of the importance of light. It underscores the superiority of light over darkness. Imagine a world that is totally enveloped in darkness! Everybody is a blind man or woman. That is natural light. The inventor of electricity arguably remains the greatest inventor of all times.
There are other wonders of the world: the Wright brothers are widely applauded and fingered as the best brains for giving mankind the fastest means of transportation equivalence of the bird in the sky—–the plane. But, in developing and under develop climes, this is elitist. Electricity cuts across a greater gamut of the society. Thus when Thomas Edison was sweating to give us the bulb, he was doing the world great (indescribable) service.
Today, the use of electricity is central to the human activities. Hardly can man do anything without it. In fact, the major difference between a developed and under developed country, between a rural area and an urban centre, between a buoyant and a comatose economy is the presence or absence of electricity.
The challenges Nigeria is facing as per her economy are basically traceable to the challenges she has in the energy sector. Nigeria economy is in a doldrum because of the country’s epileptic power supply. Various sectors have suffered incalculable damage to the extent that the maintag of an economy, manufacturing and production sectors are almost dead with many companies closing down. A number of multinational companies have relocated from this country in the last few years due to exorbitant cost of fuelling their generations
With this pathetic situation, it behoves any responsible and responsive government to come to the aid of our electricity regulating agency. In other to assist in the provision of electricity especially in the area of distribution and encourage the growth of small scale or cottage industry, we are today distributing seven (7) transformers to the seven (7) wards making up our LCDA. It is common knowledge that many of our communities are in need of transformers. We have identified, with the assistance of our Community Development Associations (CDAs) areas where benefits will be maximally derived from them.
It is our firm belief that these transformers would be put to good use to enhance the lives of many of people who would be able to do their businesses and consequently be able to feed their families. Ultimately, our target is to further reduce poverty. Indeed, Charles Dickens cannot be wrong when he said ‘’all good ends can be worked out by good means.
Thank you and God bless.
EKO O NI BAJE
You Are Blessed Always