Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has said the state is close to being able to cater for its power needs, as its energy reform initiatives are yielding positive results.
Fashola said some public institutions were already being moved out of the national grid and connected to the power being generated from the power plants built by the state government.
Answering questions from participants during his engagement with a spectrum of residents and the Diaspora community on the social media platform, Google Plus Hangout, Fashola said the objective of disconnecting some public institutions from the national grid and connecting them to the state power infrastructure was to ensure 24-hour uninterrupted power supply so that they could be more efficient in the delivery of services.
The session was part of the build-up activities to mark October as the Energy Conservation Month, declared by the state government to sensitise residents on the importance of energy conservation and efficient use of available power.
“Working within what the Power Sector Reform Act permits, we are gradually entering self generation in Lagos State through our independent power plants. As you may be aware, we have an IPP at Akute and the Island Power Plant. In a few days, we shall be commissioning the Alausa Power Plant. Once this is done, government offices will be taken off the supply from the national grid and the power which we no longer need will be made available to Lagosians.”
At the session were five ‘Power Kids’ from Iju Senior Secondary School led by Master Gideon Osadare and Dimeji Lawal-Are, a 500-level Computer Science student, University of Lagos, leading four others from some tertiary institutions in the state.
The Google Plus Hangout was hosted by popular music rapper and Lagos State Energy Ambassador, Mr. Jude Abaga (M.I).