The Lagos State Government is planning to have its own electricity grid as part of its ‘Light Up Lagos’ initiative aimed at providing regular power supply in the state.
The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, who disclosed this at a briefing, said the state Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had in December inaugurated a Light Up Lagos Committee.
According to Oluwo, the initiative is divided into six stages, including the power advisory committee, independent power supply, street lighting, and rural electrification.
The commissioner noted that the state already had five Independent Power Plants that provide power to the state institutions, saying the government was considering building two or three additional IPPs.
He said the essence of the IPPs was to leverage on them to bring government service closer to the people, to power up health centres, schools, water corporations, among others.
He, however, said, “Lagos State is moving away from providing power to itself and its institutions and parastatals to working with stakeholders to make sure we can give power to the people.” Oluwo said, “The Light Up Lagos initiative is not about street lighting. Street lighting is just a small component of the Light Up Lagos idea.