The Lagos State Government says it is targeting not less than 3,000 megawatts of electricity generation in the next three to five years under its embedded power programme.
The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Wale Oluwo stated this while exchanging views with newsmen on the power generation programmes of the government.
Mr Oluwo added that the state government had entered into partnership with major international and local industry key players in the power sector to provide a platform for uninterrupted power supply to the citizenry.
“Lagos State Government is determined to meet its electricity challenges head on; beyond powering its own public facilities with the already established independent power plants delivering a combined 47.5 MW, the State intends to stimulate investment through this initiative with the generation of 3000MW of power through accelerated deployment of embedded or distributed power plants in strategic locations within 3-5 years to drive our economy and bring additional electricity to millions of homes and businesses,” he stressed.
According to the Commissioner, the Lagos State Government, in collaboration with the private sector, is using the strength of its balance sheet to guarantee the deployment of off-grid modular plants of between 20MW to 100MW strategically spread within clusters close to reliable sustainable sources of electricity.
He also stated that plans were ongoing to provide solar electricity for the use of public facilities such as schools and primary healthcare centres saying that the riverine communities would be put into consideration in the course of the project.
“This project aims at delivering a total of 4.59 MW of sustainable power to rural, riverine and public boarding Secondary Schools (172 Schools) and 11 Primary Healthcare Centers located within the rural areas in Ikorodu, Badagry, Epe and Ibeju Lekki area of the State,” Mr Oluwo reiterated.
The Energy and Mineral resources Commissioner affirmed that the state in its quest for the search of availability of solid minerals had commissioned various studies to determine availability of solid, liquid and gaseous minerals.
He said that the development led to the geological mapping of Lagos into three phases including Lagos East, Lagos Central and Lagos West Senatorial Districts.
“The Ministry is again firming up arrangements with Epina Technologies Limited to carry out preliminary studies for Ceramic skill acquisition towards the establishment of ceramics processing centre in Lagos State the proponent has submitted an Investment profile in this regard,” he added.
On the available opportunities in the mining sector, he maintained that there had been increased awareness on the part of the citizenry to sand-dealing business in the State.
In his words: “The reflection of this is a yearly increase in the number of applications made for the issuance of mining consents; this increase has translated into over 2000 direct and indirect employment and invariably wealth creation.”
He said that the Lagos State through Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation would continue to leverage on the commencement of production of crude oil from the Aje Field operated by indigenous oil prospecting firm- Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum and other prospective fields.
“The Dangote refinery in our Lekki Free Trade Zone will also be coming on stream thereby complementing oil production by Yinka Folawiyo Petroleum Company; these are great steps in Lagos State’s journey to energy self sufficiency and security. It is expected that Lagos, as the commercial centre of Nigeria, must have multiple sources and options when it comes to availability of gas, petroleum products and power in order to ensure its arteries of productivity flow seamlessly and sustainable,” he noted.
Meanwhile, a Member of the State House of Assembly, Mr Gbolahan Yisau said the House would ensure speedy passage of a Bill on embedded power aimed at preventing power theft.