VENTURES AFRICA – An indication of the Lagos State Government’s commitment to its inhabitants has been clearly demonstrated in recent moves to boost power supply within the state; the latest announcement in this regard is the commissioning of the 8.8 megawatt Mainland Independent Power Plant as part of the Energy Conservation Month 2014.
“The power needs of Lagos, Nigeria’s industrial and commercial nerve center and one of the world’s fastest growing mega cities is huge. To this end, the Lagos State Government has launched several initiatives to meet the power needs of its people across domestic, industrial and commercial spheres,” noted Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board, in a statement.
The Power Plant is expected to be launched and formally switched on by Governor Babatunde Fashola on Friday, 31st October, 2014. Once operationally, the plant will provide uninterrupted power supply to specific public institutions including the Ikeja High Court Complex, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja Water Works and the Old Secreteriat Complex.
According to her, the month of October has been set aside by the state government and themed a month for Energy Conservation, and this has been the case since 2013. “It is essentially a Behavioural Change Campaign dubbed as ‘Conserve Energy, Save Money’ (CESM) and is aimed at promoting the practice of efficient use of available electric power,” she said.
Other moves made by the present administration to boost power supply within the state include the implementation of a strategic energy development plan which has necessitated the creation of a Ministry of Education & Mineral Resources as well as the Lagos State Electricity Board.
By Emmanuel Iruobe