Fashola advocates energy conservation on Google hangout
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), at the weekend, extended the frontiers of public advocacy for energy conservation through a major social media platform, Live Google Plus Hangout, stressing that sustainability will be achieved when people start seeing the benefits of conserving energy.
Organised by the state Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources as part of its Energy Conservation Month and hosted by the Rap Star, Jude M.I Abaga, the Live Google Hangout enabled the governor to answer questions relating to energy conservation and power generation from a broad spectrum of the society ranging from children, the youth, market women and Nigerians in the Diaspora.
The governor reiterated that the key to sustainability in power conservation is for people to begin to see the benefit in terms of money saved, adding that he has become the energy police in his house by ensuring that everyone switches off the energy not being used.
He noted that the efforts has paid off with the Marina residence of the first family paying 40 per cent less for energy on a monthly basis while the supply is also more regular.
While giving an insight into the energy plan of the state government, Fashola informed that apart from the Ikorodu Power Plant that was built by the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu which generated 270mw which went to the national grid but never dedicated to the state even when the national government deducted its revenue from source for it, the present government has built another 12 mw to power its water supply at Akute.
He explained that the state has also built a 10 mw independent power project on the Island which currently powers the general hospitals, the courts, the State House, some schools, churches and mosques on the island, the City Hall, the e-learning centre and so many public utilities.
“Essentially, what we have done is to work within the framework of the Power Reform Act, working with the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to provide our power where we can control and domicile the power for our own use. At this moment, we have concluded the dedicated power for Alausa, the seat of government and in a few days time during the energy month in October, we will switch it on and take off the whole of Alausa off the public power grid”, the governor said.
He stressed that today, Lagos gets about 1000mw but that the more of the self generated power it can produce as government and consume, the better because it means that citizens can access what the government offices no longer use thus freeing up more energy for the use of the public.
Fashola also stated that two other plants which are billed for completion next year are the Mainland Power Plant that will serve the GRA powering hospitals like the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), the Police Command, the High Court, the Waterworks that are all on Oba Akinjobi Street, GRA and secondly the IPP which will power the waterworks in Lekki and some street lights and other amenities.
Noting that the state already has a well thought out road map to sustainable power production, the governor said part of this includes a Lagos Energy Academy that will soon come on stream.
He explained that when the academy comes into being, it would be a major assembly for bulb heads for street lightings and for traffic lights and so many appliances that will be used in Lagos.