In West Africa, governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State launched the Lagos advisory committee on power, and announced on Friday that the government intends to add at least 220MW of electricity to the existing 1,000MW that is being supplied, as part of measures to enhance power supply in the state.
In his speech, Ambode highlighted that “a mere 10% improvement in power supply will directly increase the GDP of Lagos State by 20%.”
He continued: “No State in the Federation is more affected by the state of the power sector than Lagos. The reason is simple: Lagos State accounts for over 60% of the industrial and commercial activities in Nigeria. The energy requirement for Lagos State is estimated at about 5,000MW of which only about 1,000MW is supplied. Our greatest impediments today are the low or non-investment in transmission capacity and high loss rate between generation and distribution.”
As the governor inaugurated the committee, he spoke about the mandate he was giving them, namely to create an environment in which 24 hours electricity supply could become a reality in Lagos, the guide the development of a roadmap to reach that objective and to develop a platform in which all public and private stakeholders to the power sector could be a party.
“The ultimate goal is to make electricity available to Lagosians for both business and domestic use and this committee will be instrumental in the speedy realisation of this objective,” he explained.
The committee will be made up of
- The Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources
- The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice
- The Commissioner for Information and Strategy
- Representatives from the following companies:
- Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company
- Eko Electricity Distribution Company
- Transmission Company of Nigeria
- Gaslink Nigeria Limited
- Falcon Corporation Limited
- Egbin Power Plc
He then announced the launch of the Lighting-Up Lagos programme. The programme will see the illumination of highways and streets across the city.
The governor continued: “We have decided to encourage individuals, private homes and corporate organisations to take up streets/roads of their choices and light them up (Street Lights) with connections to their meters or generators.
“In return, government will make concessions to these individuals and corporate organisations in the payment of their annual Land Use Charges. In addition, they shall receive special commendation letters from the Governor.
Nigeria could have generated 1,500MW from nuclear
In other power generation news, deputy director, Energy Linkages and Research from the Energy Commissions of Nigeria, Okon Ekpenyong said a study conducted in 2010 predicted that by 2020 Nigeria could have be generating 1,500MW of electricity from nuclear sources.
Ekpenyong was speaking at the recently inaugurated media programme titled the ‘Africa Starboard’ which aims to promote positive conversation on the use of nuclear technology in Nigeria, reports This Day Live.
Ekpenyong also highlighted for foreign investors the incentives available in the power industry, which include 0% duty on equipment importation, a five-year tax holiday for pioneer status firms and a cost-reflective feed-in tariff for alternative energy as developed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).