Lagos unveils new electricity policy, says its environment-friendly

Lagos unveils new electricity policy, says its environment-friendly

Lagos unveils new electricity policy, says its environment-friendly

The government of Lagos state has announced the launch of its new electricity policy.

The policy is designed to meet urban planning standards and satisfy the demand for various social amenities, while improving economic opportunities in the state.

The policy was launched by Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of the state, at an event held at the Eko Hotels on December 8.

The event featured a panel session attended by policy makers, business leaders, government representatives and investors across the state’s public and private sectors.

The conversations centred around implementing a holistic solution that delivers clean, adequate and reliable electricity supply within the geographical territory of the state.

According to the government, the new policy articulates the vision of the state government on the necessary constitutional, legal, engineering, and commercial foundations for creating a viable sub-national electricity sector that caters fully to the needs of its citizens, while enabling significant socio-economic growth and development both for Lagos and the country at large.

It added that the policy also ensures that future electricity solutions are not only available but “environment-friendly with alternative power backup solutions”.

With its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the policy is expected to significantly contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions and improve the quality of life of the people of Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu commended Olalere Odusote, the state commissioner for energy and mineral resources, and his team for their commitment towards the achievement of the Lagos’ vision of providing reliable electricity for residents.

“Today’s unveiling of the Lagos state electricity policy is a welcome development that will significantly improve the viability of investments in the Lagos state electricity market,” he said.

“While the unveiling of this policy is laudable, the implementation is a collective one that would require the collaboration of all stakeholders.

“Therefore, everyone has a role to play. From government to individual residents and even corporate bodies, we all must recognise our different roles and commit to acting in good faith. Only then will everyone enjoy the full benefits of this policy.”

On his part, Odusote described the launch of the electricity policy as an important milestone that will accelerate the state government’s vision of making Lagos a 21st century economy.

“Lagos state is not just Nigeria’s most populous state, it is also the commercial center of the country and a major centre for both domestic and international trade as well as labour mobility,” he said.

“We are committed to sustaining an enabling environment for an electricity market that supports the huge demand that the growth in Lagos generates, and the launch of this policy is a step in the right direction towards the achievement of this goal.”

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