Electricity in Lagos State is poor because the state gets only 900 Mega Wats, which is less than the required numbers for the entire population of Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s government has explained.
The government has, however, reaffirmed its commitment and determination to stabilise power supply in the state.
Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, stated this at a press briefing to commemorate the second year of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
Speaking on why Lagosians are experiencing epileptic power supply, Odusote said: “As it is, Lagos only get 900 Mega Wats, which is less than the required numbers for the entire population of Lagos, but I can assure you that Lagos State government is working frantically to increase the number to at least nothing less than 2,000MW. You know the more Mega Wats, the more electricity for Lagosians.”
According to him, the electricity policy when it becomes functional and fully implemented, would also accelerate the “Light-up Lagos” power programme which the state government had embarked upon.
On the governor’s commitment and determination on affordable power supply, the commissioner disclosed that soon the state government would begin the installation of 20,000 prepaid energy meters to five low-income communities in the state.
He said the prepaid meters would be deployed before the end of the year.
“The governor has approved procurement and installation of 20,000 prepaid energy meters for targeted low-income communities in Lagos State, as a way of improving electricity supply in the affected communities.
“We have identified five communities that we will start to rollout. The communities are in Isale Eko, Surulere, Alimosho, Agege and Mushin. We will start from those communities, we have started work on evaluation of their needs, because their needs are not related to just prepaid meters alone. Once we finish with the evaluation, we will come out with the roadmap to roll out.”