Barring any last minute changes, residents across Lagos State may begin to enjoy no fewer than 22 hours uninterrupted power supply to homes in nooks and crannies of the state in line with the government commitment to ensure the mega city status was achieved in the area of energy.
Aside from 24 hours uninterrupted power supply, residents in low-income areas of the state would also receive free prepaid meters, with the pilot phase of 20,000 meters to be distributed in Alimosho Local Government Area of the State.
To achieve the stated plans, the State Government, through its Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Ikeja Electric and Sahara Power Group to increase power supply and provide uninterrupted power to residents of the State.
Speaking during the signing of the agreement at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, the state’s Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, said that the aim of the agreement was to increase power supply to at least 22 hours daily, from about eight to 12 hours daily.
The commissioner said that the implementation would start immediately, adding that the government has identified a number of feeders that can provide power in 20,000 low-income areas with plans to replicate the initiative across the state.
He said: “This Memoranda of Agreement is to ensure the provision of uninterrupted power to residents, especially the low-income areas. It is also part of efforts to solve the problem of metering and infrastructure deficit to ensure these areas get power supply which is also measurable.
“The 20,000 meters have been procured by the state government and would be distributed free to low-income areas in Alimosho Local Government Area as the pilot phase. Our intention is to replicate this gesture in other areas of the state once the pilot phase is successfully executed.
“We have identified a number of feeders that can provide power in these communities and implementation would start immediately.”
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC), Folake Soetan, expressed the firm’s readiness to support the state government in ensuring uninterrupted power supply to residents across the state.
In his address, the Managing Director of Sahara Power Group, Anthony Youdeowei, said that his company would be transparent in its dealings with the Lagos State Government and Ikeja Electric to provide power supply for Lagosians.