By Olasunkanmi Akoni
As the epileptic power supply in the country persists, the Lagos State Government in partnership with an Egyptian company has concluded plans to commence production of electrical transformers, poles and meters as part of efforts to boost power distribution in the metropolis.
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State disclosed this, weekend, during an inspection tour of Badagry area.
According to him, his administration would reposition Badagry into its proper historic, cultural and economic significance to fully exploit its tourism potentials.
On the plans of the state government to invest in power, Fashola said Lagos State had positioned itself to invest in the distribution of power when the Federal Government completes its privatisation process in the nationâ€™s energy sector.
The governor, who had earlier visited the Elsewedy Electric Nigeria Limited, a company being built inÂ partnership with Lagos State Government and an Egyptian conglomerate to manufacture electrical transformers, poles and meters in Badagry, said: â€œIn distribution, you need transformers, you need sub-stations, you need electricity meters to measure the power and to bill and charge for it. This is where Lagos State has taken a position. We will start producing transformers here; we will produce meters here and electricity poles.
â€œYou can see that work is almost done; you can see the first transformer already. Very soon, when all of this is finished, it will be able to produce about 100 transformers a month and then we scale up as we go on,â€ the Governor said.
He said government was in partnership with the Egyptian company â€” Messrs Elsewedy Nigeria Limited â€” which, according to him, has two Egyptians and 75 Nigerians who are currently undergoing training under the management of the company.
On Badagry tourism potentials, Fashola noted that in spite of its rich natural assets and rich history and tourism potentials, the area seems not to have been positioned in its proper historical set.
His words: â€œWe have work to do in Badagry. Badagry is a natural asset, a beautiful coastline with rich history and tourism potential and a major trans-Atlantic slavery port. It seems to me that somehow, we have relegated it behind other slave ports like the Goree Island.â€
â€œThe slave port in Badagry was the busiest in the whole of West Africa and the African Continent, this is an asset which other countries are deploying for the prosperity of their people from Tourismâ€, adding, â€œWe are determined to reposition some of these assets that we have inherited in their proper historical, cultural and economic significanceâ€.
Other areas visited by the Governor were the on-going reclamation of the Marina shoreline project, Mobee Royal Family where he inspected the Museum of the original slave relics, the first storey building in Nigeria, the Lagos State Public Hall, Badagry Heritage Museum and Elsewedy Electric Nigeria Limited.
In the governorâ€™s entourage were the Commissioner for Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations, Senator Tokunbo Afikiyomi, Special Adviser in the Governorâ€™s Office, Mr. Sunny Ajose, Akran of Badagry, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations, Chairman of the Badagry Local Government Area, among other dignitaries and top government functionaries.