Lagos signs MoU with UK to improve energy access
By Luqmon Balogun, Lagos
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement with the British Government funded Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE TAF) programme.
The 4-year programme implemented by Tetra Tech International Development, and funded by the UK Government Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) is to improve off-grid energy access in Lagos.
While supporting the government’s electricity access plan, ACE TAF will provide technical assistance to Lagos state in improving the State’s policy and regulatory framework for off-grid solar, and strengthen the capacity of the state energy institutions and infrastructure on off-grid solar.
At the signing ceremony held at the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Lagos State Governor, represented by his Deputy Dr. Obafemi Hamzat who joined the ceremony virtually had in physical attendance the British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Ben Llewellyn-Jones.
Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his commitment and support for the partnership and the project, while stating his eagerness to progress “this latest collaboration with the UK Government and build on it for more cooperation in the future.”
The Governor stated that energy improvement and access is a key pillar of his administration’s agenda and that he would do all that “is necessary to improve energy access of the citizens in the State.”
He said further that improving the policy and regulatory environment in Lagos would further boost investment in the energy sector of the State.
Access to energy
In his response, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Ben Llewellyn-Jones, said: “The UK is proud to support the Lagos State Government’s effort to improve off grid access in Lagos State through the Africa Clean Energy Technical Assistance Facility (ACE TAF) programme. We want to see this partnership translate to improved state electrification that will support private sector entry, attract investment and create more jobs in Lagos State.”
The Commissioner of Energy and Mineral resources, Mr Olalere Odusote, in his own remark explained that the Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources “is working to facilitate the improvement in energy access in the State, as off-grid solar sector has emerged as an important component to achieve access to energy for all in the State.
“The relevant policies are being put in place to encourage the uptake of off-grid solar in the State”.
He went on to reiterate the readiness of the Ministry to partner with the private sector to achieve desired access to energy by all in the State.
According to the ACE TAF Nigeria Country Manager, Mr. Chibuikem Agbaegbu, the partnership would strengthen the collaboration between the state government and ACE TAF towards improving reliable electricity delivery in the state and attracting increased private sector investment for off-grid solar.
Over the past six years, the UK Government has supported Lagos State through various programmes to improve energy access delivery through renewable energy solutions.
And the State has been at the forefront of energy initiatives in Nigeria, facilitating novel ideas by partnering with local and international bodies to bridge the energy access gap of 60 percent, while expanding and improving energy infrastructure in the State and leveraging on indigenous resources, capacity and expertise.