By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos State Government has disclosed plans to partner Germany as well as encourage collaboration with other foreign investors, to promote energy efficiency and conservation in the state.
Speaking at the opening of a 2-Day seminar on renewable energy, the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said being the industrial nerve centre in Nigeria, Lagos will continue to promote acts that will boost its energy needs.
The commissioner further said that the government intended to form a more formidable synergy with the state of Bavaria, Germany, in developing capacity and sharing experiences on energy.
He said the sector is critical to economic development as well as the socio-economic growth of the state, adding that a huge gap existed between energy supply and demand in Nigeria.
“The average annual energy consumption in Nigeria is one of the lowest in world, which has left the economy in a comatose state. In fact very few African countries could satisfy their energy demand,” he said.
According to him, the status of Lagos as the commercial nerve center of the nation placed a huge demand on energy, due to increase in population and environmental pressure on the state.
Bello also said that government was developing a renewable energy policy, which would enhance the development and utilisation of indigenous renewable energy and technology to promote energy efficiency and conservation.
He said: “In order to boost the energy generation in the State, the present administration has put in place some independent energy projects such as, solar power station for the Electricity Board office in Ikeja; retrofitting the Alausa Secretariat with energy saving bulbs (15watts) by departing from the conventional lights bulbs (60watts) thereby saving 3398.98KW monthly.
“Other projects include the Akute Independent Power Plant, which will supply power to the Akute intake facility of Lagos Water Corporation among others.
He argued that the Energy sector is a great challenge to our state and indeed the country as a whole, but it also offers some of the best investment opportunities for local and foreign investments.