Lagos State is the commercial hub of Nigeria and prides itself as the most developed state in the country.
However, like the rest of the states in the country, it faces the same electricity issues. From epileptic power supply in some areas to none at all in other areas.
Considering the number of businesses it houses, coupled with extreme heatwaves due to climate change, one can only imagine the number of generators that run daily to ensure these businesses stay afloat and power fans and air-conditioning units for people to cool off, thereby causing further damage to the environment.
It would then seem that Lagos is not only faced with an electricity crisis but also a pollution crisis. What then is the way out?
Well, the Lagos State Government has unveiled the “Lagos State Electricity Policy” aimed at providing clean, affordable, and uninterrupted power supply to residents.
At the unveiling of the policy which was organized by the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said that the electricity policy extensively talked about the constitutional, legal, commercial, and engineering foundations for creating a workable sub-national electricity system.
This system would enable socio-economic growth for the state and the nation as well.
With the increasing energy demand as a result of population growth and the emergence of new residential and industrial areas, the state seeks to explore alternative energy supply channels.
As part of the implementation of the electricity policy, the state would bolster the procurement of pre-paid meters for distribution to residents thereby promoting transparency in the supply chain, reducing electricity theft, and impeding estimated billing from the suppliers.
The governor rounded up by saying private partners also have to be as invested in the objectives of the electricity policy as the government actualizes the capacity boost in off-grid generation and distribution networks.
Also speaking at the unveiling, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, said that the electricity policy would not only clear out the constitutional and legal framework for investors’ assurance but also provide for the establishment of an independent regulatory body and system operator.
The commissioner also said that one of the policies would help in establishing and augmenting the Lagos Electricity Market (LEM).
This is a commendable effort by the Lagos State Government to solve the state’s electricity issue and tilt towards other clean energy resources.
As with other things, implementation continues to be the stumbling block to most of these initiatives and projects. We hope this wouldn’t be the case for this one. Only time will tell.