Lagos almost self-sufficient in power generation – Fashola

Gov Babatunde-Raji-Fashola03 October 2013, Lagos – Lagos State Government has said its energy reform initiatives are yielding positive result with the state close to being self-sufficient in its power needs.

To this end, it said a number of public institutions was being moved out of the national grid and connected to the power being generated from the power plants built by the state government.

Governor Babatunde Fashola disclosed this during his engagement with a spectrum of residents and the Diaspora community on the social media platform, Google Plus Hangout.

The session was part of the build-up activities to mark October as the Energy Conservation Month, declared by the state government to sensitise residents on the importance of energy conservation and efficient use of available power.

The governor who answered wide range of questions from participants, said the objective of de-connecting some public institutions from the national grid and connecting them to the state power infrastructure was to ensure 24-hour uninterrupted power supply so that they could be more efficient in the delivery of services.

He said: “Working within what the Power Sector Reform Act permits, we are gradually entering self generation in Lagos State through our independent power plants. As you may be aware, we have an IPP at Akute and the Island Power Plant. In a few days, we shall be commissioning the Alausa Power Plant. Once this is done, government offices will be taken off the supply from the national grid and the power which we no longer need will be made available to Lagosians.”

The Google Plus Hangout was hosted by popular music rapper and Lagos State Energy Ambassador, Mr. Jude Abaga (M.I). He was joined by five ‘Power Kids’ from Iju Senior Secondary School led by Master Gideon Osadare and Dimeji Lawal-Are, a 500-level Computer Science student, University of Lagos, leading four others from some tertiary institutions in the state.

– Vanguard

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