By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
LAGOS â€” As the nation continues to experience epileptic power supply, Lagos State is set to distribute 200 transformers to rural communities before the end of this year.
This came just as it launched solar-powered water closet toilets in Lekki area of the state aimed at serving communities which had been deprived of toilet facilities.
The state Commissioner for Rural Development, Prince Lanre Balogun, disclosed this during a tour of projects in Lekki area being undertaken by his ministry.
Balogun, who said the projects were parts of present governmentâ€™s efforts toward raising the living standard of the rural dwellers, added that the state government would be distributing 200 transformers to rural communities in the state before the end of this year, saying some of the communities had already got delivery of their transformers..
The commissioner said the governor had already approved the distribution of the transformers, adding that the next benefitting communities will soon take delivery of the transformers as the distribution is being done in batches.
On the first ever built solar-powered toilets, Balogun said the state government would understudy the solar-powered toilets for a period of time before deciding to build more of such in other parts of the state.
According to the commissioner, the machine which pumped the water from the borehole to the tank for use in the toilets, is powered by the solar panel, which serves as alternative to the epileptic power supply in the country.
He said most people in rural communities defecate in the environment because of unavailability of toilet facilities, saying this was what informed the state governmentâ€™s decision to build the communal toilet powered by solar energy to serve the community.