01 November 2014, Lagos – Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, last Wednesday, commissioned the 8.8 Megawatts, MW, Mainland Independent Power Project, MIPP, expected to supply constant power supply to both Federal and state government establishments, just as it was revealed that Lagos would need 200,000 energy technicians to address its power challenge.
The MIPP project which is the fourth power plant to be commissioned by the present administration has been assisting the state government to conserve and save tax payers’ money.
The capital intensive project, power plant was achieved through a Public Private Partnership between the Lagos State Government and a consortium of Mainland Power Limited, CET Power and Solad Electric Limited.
MIPP would serve agencies like; Lagos State Electricity Board, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Lagos State University College of Medicine, Area F Police Command, the High Court, the Office of the Chief Judge, the Code of Conduct Bureau, the State Water Corporation, the Old Secretariat complex, the State Ministry of Housing Estate and Eko Engineering Limited.
Others include; street lights covering a stretch of 20 kilometres from the Old Secretariat, the Ikeja Flyover, Mobolaji Bank Anthony Way, Agege Motor Road, Ikorodu Road, Jibowu to Maryland, Palm Avenue in Mushin and Ikeja GRA.
According to Fashola, “the federal government who promised steady power supply in the past four years have shown that its best is simply not good enough having failed to deliver on its promise.”
He described the successful completion of the MIPP as a demonstration of the state government’s efforts to ensure that it fulfil its promise to the people.
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Fashola stated that the state government has operated within its limits and has clearly demonstrated that delivery of steady power supply is indeed possible.
According to him, “If tomorrow, the National Assembly legislates that states should generate and distribute power, a state like Lagos will conveniently generate its own electricity and distribute same to its residents”.
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