Pilot scheme: 20,000 houses to benefit from Lagos metering project

No fewer than 20,000 houses will benefit from the Lagos’ Light up project as Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has gone ahead to purchase 20,000 meters to be installed in Alimosho, as a pilot scheme.

This is coming into reality as the state government through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ikeja Electric and Sahara Power Group have signed Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to increase supply of electricity to all communities in the state.

The MoA entails targeted investments in feeder, distribution transformer upgrades and customer metering.

Commissioner in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Olalere Odusote, an engineer, has assured residents  that once the pilot project in Alimosho is successfully executed, it would be replicated  across the  state.

He said: Today, we have a delivery of about, depending on the area you are living in,  8 to 12  hours of steady power supply; we want to increase that, as much as possible to, at least, 22 hours.

“We are starting from Alimosho in Lagos; we have identified a number of feeders that connect to 20,000 houses.”

Speaking, the Managing Director of Ikeja Electric, Mrs Folake Soetan, said  the management of the  company  was excited in partnering  with the Lagos State Government to ensure that it continues to provide power to the residents.

She said: “As the commissioner rightly said, we have been working and talking on how to ensure we improve power supply to the residents. Today marks the beginning of that agreement.

“The pilot is going to commence immediately after the agreement, and like the commissioner said, we will ensure this is replicated across Lagos State. We are excited about the opportunity to ensure that power is made available to all.”

Managing Director, Sahara Power Group, Mr Anthony Youdeowei, said it was privileged for his company to be part of the initiative.

“We are going to involve the communities in making sure that this comes into fruition. We are transparent in our dealings with the Lagos State Government and Ikeja Electricity; and most importantly with the communities. This is an initiative which is new and will be replicated because I know it is going to be successful.”

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