FG undermined Lagos effort to generate power – Fashola

Gov Babatunde-Raji-Fashola30 September 2013, Lagos – Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola at the weekend, said the federal government undermined the efforts of his predecessor, Senator Bola Tinubu, to generate electricity for the residents of the state.

The governor also lamented that the Tinubu administration then built the Ikorodu Power Plant (IPP), which he said, was designed to generate 270 megawatts, but the federal government diverted it to the national grid.

Fashola, who addressed issues relating to energy conservation and power generation through a social media, also listed different independent power projects (IPPs), which he said, had been duly executed between 2007 to day.

He explained how the federal government had denied the state rights to exclusive use the 270-megawatt power plant built with the state’s taxpayers’ monies at an energy conservation advocacy programme in Lagos.

But the governor said the administration of Tinubu “built the Ikorodu Power Plant with a capacity to generate 270 megawatts. What was generated from the plant was diverted to the national grid.” According to him, it was never dedicated to the state, and the national government deducted its revenue from source for it.

He added that the present government had built another 12 megawatts to power her water supply at Akute.

The governor explained that the state “has also built a 10 mw independent power project on the Island which currently powers the General Hospitals, Lagos High Courts, the State House, some schools, churches and mosques on the island, the City Hall, the e-learning centre and so many public utilities.

“What we have done is to work within the framework of the Power Reform Act working with the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to provide our power where we can control and domicile the power for our own use.

“At this moment, we have concluded the dedicated power for Alausa, the seat of government and in a few days time during the energy month in October, we will switch it on and take off the whole of Alausa off the public power grid.”

He unveiled two other plants, which he said, would be completed in 2014 “to include the Mainland Power Plant that will serve Ikeja GRA, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Lagos Police Command, Ikeja High Court and Ikeja GRA and secondly the IPP which will power the waterworks in Lekki and some street lights and other amenities.”

– This Day

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