Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has stated that plans have reached advanced stages to generate constant electricity supply in 2018 across Lagos state
Gov. Ambode noted that strategies have been devised in the state to ensure that “24/7 power supply to residents” is achieved in Lagos state
Ambode made the revelation during an interactive session with members of the business community and informal sector which held recently in Lagos.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos state governor, Habib Haruna on Sunday, Gov. Ambode said;
“Presently, we have less than 1,000MW in Lagos and the fundamental issues remain with generation, transmission and distribution. Transmission is still owned primarily by the Federal Government. But in Lagos State, we have become creative and we have done Independent Power Project through which we were able to generate 47.5MW which was distributed short-circuiting transmission.
“So, if it works, does it look like a template we can now use to get power freedom or what we call power security? If we say we are the fifth largest economy in Africa and we are not in control of how power is generated in an economy that wants to move from fifth to third, then something is wrong.
“So, what we are saying is, let’s find a way to short-circuit them within the ambit of the law”
The Governor also noted that the Lagos state government was also in discussion with some electricity distribution companies in the state to supply 24/7 power to residents at a higher tariff depending on theft agreement reached by all stakeholders.