THE Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, signed a Memoranda of Agreement (MoA) with Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) and the Sahara Power Group to increase power supply and provide uninterrupted power to residents of Lagos State.
The MoA between the parties will also include the distribution of free prepaid meters to low-income areas; the pilot phase of this will be the distribution of 20,000 free prepaid meters to residents of the Alimosho Local Government Area of the State.
While speaking during the signing of the agreement at the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olalere Odusote, claimed that the aim of the agreement is to increase power supply to at least 22 hours daily, from about eight to 12 hours daily.
He said: “This Memoranda of Agreement is to ensure the provision of uninterrupted power to residents, especially the low-income areas. It is also part of efforts to solve the problem of metering and infrastructure deficit to ensure these areas get power supply which is also measurable.
“The 20,000 meters have been procured by the state government and would be distributed free to low-income areas in Alimosho Local Government Area as the pilot phase. Our intention is to replicate this gesture in other areas of the state once the pilot phase is successfully executed.
“We have identified a number of feeders that can provide power in these communities and implementation would start immediately.”
Meanwhile, the Managing Director of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC), Mrs Folake Soetan expressed the firm’s readiness to support the Lagos State Government in providing uninterrupted power supply to residents of the State.
In his address, the Managing Director of Sahara Power Group, Mr Anthony Youdeowei, said his company will be transparent in its dealings with the Lagos State Government and Ikeja Electric to provide power supply for Lagosians.