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Lagos govt, energy firms move to ensure uninterrupted power supply in Lagos State

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If all goes well with a cooperative agreement between the Lagos State Government and two firms – Ikeja Electric and Sahara Energy, then power outage will be a thing of the past in Lagos.

This is because on Tuesday, the Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, signed Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) with Ikeja Electric and Sahara Power Group to increase power supply and provide uninterrupted power to residents of the State.

Lagos at night.

Going by the agreement between Lagos State Government and the energy firms, there will be the distribution of free prepaid meters to low-income areas, with the pilot phase of 20,000 meters to be distributed in the Alimosho Local Government Area of the State.

At the agreement signing ceremony which took place at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote, said the aim of the agreement was to increase power supply to at least 22 hours daily, from about eight to 12 hours daily.

Implementation would start immediately, while Lagos State Government has identified a number of feeders that can provide power in 20,000 low-income areas with plans to replicate the initiative across the state.

Mr. Odusote said: “These Memoranda of Agreement is to ensure the provision of uninterrupted power to residents, especially the low-income areas. It is also part of efforts to solve the problem of metering and infrastructure deficit to ensure these areas get power supply which is also measurable. The 20,000 meters have been procured by the state government and would be distributed free to low-income areas in Alimosho Local Government Area as the pilot phase. Our intention is to replicate this gesture in other areas of the state once the pilot phase is successfully executed. We have identified a number of feeders that can provide power in these communities and implementation would start immediately.”

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In his remarks, the Managing Director of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC), Folake Soetan spoke of the firm’s readiness to support Lagos State Government in ensuring uninterrupted power supply to residents of the State.

Also speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Sahara Power Group, Anthony Youdeowei, said his company will be transparent in its dealings with the Lagos State Government and Ikeja Electric to provide power supply for Lagosians.

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