July 10, 2024

Lagos needs about 1,000 megawatts for stable electricity supply – Expert


…as assembly meets stakeholders over planned electricity bill

By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, on Wednesday, said the Electricity Bill currently before the House is a testament to the state government’s zeal to ensure regular and uninterrupted power supply to residents.

Meanwhile, Chairman, South West of the Charted Institute of Power Engineering, Vincent Umoh, has said that Lagos State Government needed about 1,000 megawatts to ensure stable electricity supply to residents.

Obasa and Umoh made the remarks at a stakeholders’ meeting on the bill which if passed into law, will allow the state government to licence, generate, transmit, and distribute electricity to unserved and underserved areas of the state.

The proposed law, according to the Speaker, who was represented by Deputy Speaker Mojisola Meranda, “seeks to take care of everything in the electricity sector majorly by
contributing to the sustainable development of the state.”

The speaker, added that the bill establishes a mechanism for electricity planning that promotes off-grid
solutions for households and micro, small and medium scale enterprises.

“This bill is most timely because electrification is one of the most important aspects of a viable economy and improvement of the wellbeing of the people.

“Being a responsible Government, the Lagos State government has decided to create an agency, market and fund with the responsibility of ensuring adequate access of electricity with professional standards and modern technology.

“The bill is pursuant to our resolve to improve the electricity situation in the State.”

He added that “Lagos is proactive by taking advantage of the movement of electricity to the concurrent list.”

Speaking further about the bill, the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy, Sabur Oluwa at the public hearing on the bill organised at the assembly complex, said the bill establishes a commercial and technical regulatory framework for the Lagos Electricity Market to ensure reliable and universal access to electricity for all residents of the state.

“The bill outlines the creation of the Lagos State Electrification Agency to manage public electricity works and infrastructure as well as the Lagos State Electrification Fund.

“These institutions will play pivotal roles in the delivery of reliable electricity to the unserved and underserved areas of our State.

“Through these initiatives, we aim to bridge the gap in electricity supply and enhance the quality of life for all Lagosians. We understand that reliable electricity is not a luxury but a necessity.”

The Chairman, South West of the Charted Institute of Power Engineering, Vincent Umoh, urged the Assembly to ensure the bill mandated the state government to appoint technocrats with 15 years experience to head the proposed agency.

Umoh said “Lagos State state Government needed about 1,000 megawatts for it to ensure stable electricity supply to residents.”