Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has approved the provision of solar power to all public schools in the state even as 134 junior and senior secondary schools won a total sum of N268 million in this year’s Governor’s Award under the Lagos Eko Project.
Fashola, who announced this at the award ceremony in Ikeja, said the State Executive Council approved a pilot project of providing solar power in all the public schools in the state, adding that 172 schools would benefit in the first phase which will run between August and May next year.
According to him, the first phase of the project, which is broken up into two sub-phases, will see about 35 schools in the riverine and rural areas of the state fully lit up and powered by solar power before the end of this year.
Noting that government would be decommissioning over 800 generators in all the public schools by the time the project is finished, Fashola informed that the state Water Corporation is also working to install pipelines for direct water supply to 600 schools in the state “as a first phase of ensuring that all our public schools get direct water supply”.
Fashola explained that his focus on electricity for the up-coming generation as the way forward was based on his belief that if their capacity is developed at this level, they would be able to improve the nation’s power sector adding that it is the lack of electricity that is keeping Nigeria in poverty.