Lagos proposes new electricity policy – Energy Commissioner, says policy’ll accelerate “Light-up Lagos” initiative

Benjamin Omoike

The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, is set to have a State Electricity Policy that will serve as blueprint for the attainment of a universal access to electricity in the State.

This was made known on Tuesday by the State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote, at the year 2021 Ministerial Press Briefing, in commemoration of the second year anniversary of the present administration in the State, at Alausa, Ikeja.

According to him, the electricity policy, when it becomes functional and fully implemented, will also accelerate the “Light-up Lagos” power programme which the state government had embarked upon.

The Commissioner noted that “Lagos Electricity Policy is vital in achieving the T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda of this administration and will serve as a key driver for the social and economic development aspirations of the State in consonance with Government’s 30-year Development Plan (2021 – 2051), currently being developed.”

Odusote added that Mr. Governor approved the procurement and installation of twenty thousand (20,000) units of Prepaid Energy Meters for Communities in  Lagos State as a way of improving electricity supply in the affected communities.

The Commissioner also emphasised that the Sanwo-Olu-led Administration has concluded arrangement with a leading smart metering solution company (Elsewedy Electric) on meter supply to target low income communities and also identified transmission infrastructure challenges across the State.

Odusote also recalled that a program  titled Smart Hackathon 2020, was launched last year July by Governor Sanwo-Olu where the Governor revealed that the idea was to design, produce and mass-distribute affordable and reliable Smart Meters in Nigeria.

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