The Lagos State Government has signed a Memoranda of Agreement (MOA) with Ikeja Electric and Sahara Power Group to increase power supply and provide uninterrupted power to residents of the State.
This was contained in a statement signed by Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday.
According to Akosile, the agreement also includes the distribution of free prepaid meters to low income areas, with the pilot phase of 20,000 meters to be distributed in Alimosho Local Government Area of the State.
He added that the implementation would start immediately.
Quoting the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, Akosile said the aim of the agreement is to increase power supply to at least 22 hours daily, from about eight to 12 hours daily.
“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,” the commissioner said.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC), Folake Soetan expressed the firm’s readiness to support Lagos State Government in ensuring uninterrupted power supply to residents of the State while the Managing Director of Sahara Power Group, Anthony Youdeowei, also said his company will be transparent in its dealings with the Lagos State Government and Ikeja Electric.