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Is the centralised electricity system to blame for Lagos supply problems?

The Lagos State Government has raised concerns over the country’s inefficient and over-centralised electricity supply system, resulting in the State’s residents generating over 4,500MW through the use of generators.

Speaking in Lagos during a panel session at the recently concluded 2021 Energy Sustainability Conference (ESC), organised by the Energy Institute Nigeria, the State’s Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, said the distribution companies (Discos) in the state only supply 900MW of electricity to Lagos.

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He noted the 900MW supplied by the Discos translated to just 30W per person while the residents generate 4,500MW by themselves. The two Discos supplying electricity to Lagos are Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) and Ikeja Electric (IE).

“Today, in Lagos, the distribution companies supply 900MW into the market. Now, for a megacity of 27 million people, that means about 30watts per person. Lagos is the industrial commercial sector of Nigeria and we have 30watts per person to share.

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“Let’s compare with South Africa that has 110watts per person. Now, this energy concentration has significantly increased in the industrial areas. So, if you look at Lagos and look at other countries, the central system is not supplying the energy that we need,” said Odusote.

Nomvuyo Tena
Nomvuyo Tena is a Content Producer at Clarion Events Africa and is as passionate about the energy transition in Africa as she is about music and Beyonce.

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