Kunle Kalejaye 22 February 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Lagos State government said it would be connecting 32 communities in the state to the national power grid by next month.
State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, who stated this at the Lagos House in Ikeja, also disclosed that the government has concluded plans to attain 24-hour power supply in the state through embedded power generation of 3,000 megawatts electricity by 2022.
He spoke after receiving the report of the Embedded Power Technical Committee constituted by the government with representatives from the public and private sector saying the Federal Government alone cannot achieve energy security in the country.
He noted that while the Federal Government continues in its efforts to resolve the power crisis, the sustainable solution going forward would be the pulling together of commitment and resources of all stakeholders in the power value chain.
Explaining the rationale behind the embedded power initiative of the state, Governor Ambode said the major bane of the power situation in the country has always been with the transmission, adding that the initiative was designed to permanently resolve power crisis in the State and by extension in the country.
He said: “The reason why we embarked on this initiative is that we believe strongly that if the power problem is solved in Lagos, it is technically solved in the whole of the country and so because Lagos has more or less tested a solution that works, we can scale this up and also address it on a national scale.
“The problem of power in Nigeria is the problem of transmission and that is the truth. Yes, we have generating companies and we have distributing companies and they say power is in the hands of the private sector but we know technically that that is not totally true.
“We also know that transmission is hundred percent owned by the government but we have tested here in Lagos and we have been able to provide 48 kilowatts of power without transmitting it which means that we generate and then distribute”