Lagos State governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has called on the House of Representatives to allow state governments to have input into the electricity bill 2022.
This he said, will allow states to generate their own electricity and develop at their pace.
Sanwo-Olu made this known on Tuesday during the handover ceremony of the Lagos State Integrated Energy Resource Plan (IRP), which was done by the state Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in collaboration with the United States of America through the USAID and Power Africa Nigeria Power Sector Program, PA-NPSP.
Sanwo-Olu said: “This is about power partnership which started eight years ago by the Obama administration. Currently, Lagos can boast of the biggest gas in this country.
“Lagos need to increase its electricity generation capacity to help develop small business grow the GDP of the state and Nigeria. I hope when we look back years to come, Lagos IRP would have impacted on more people.
“I also want to use this opportunity to call on the Speaker of the House of Representatives to join us to resolve all the issues in the electricy bill.”
In his remarks, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote said the initiative is a 20-year partnership that would also involve the electricity distribution companies in Lagos; Ikeja and Eko Discos, adding it would transform the power deficiencies in Africa.
He said: “Electricity is the bases for human growth and development. Electricity is the core foundation of development for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.”
Odusote further noted that the plan was aimed at identifying infrastructure requirements and bridging gaps as well as bringing needed investments in the electricity sector.
The Consul -General, United States Consulate in Lagos, Williams Stevens described electricity as the basis of economic growth, trade and investments and expressed the United States government’s excitement at partnering with Lagos State.
He said: “This is the main dream if President Barack Obama for Africa’s development which started in 2014 and I am glad that eight years after it has come to full circle.”