by FRANCIS SUBERU


Lagos State govern­ment said it needs about N1.5 billion to enable it provide Lique­fied Petroleum Gas, LPG, cylinders to a million homes in the state over a period of five years; just as it said it would partner with the Federal Govern­ment in the generation of power supply.fashola

Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Re­sources, Tofik Tijani, who disclosed this yesterday at the ongoing 2015 Minis­terial Press Briefing, also noted that it had powered no fewer than 172 public schools and 11 primary health centres, PHCs, across the state in its Solar Power Project.

Tijani reiterated the government’s commit­ment to ensure residents in the state embrace safer ways of cooking through free distribution of LPG cylinders.

Explaining that pau­city of fund remained the only challenge in eradicating cooking by firewood in the state, the commissioner said the government through the Eko Gas Scheme, would continue to carry out skid plant deployment, cylin­der distribution and LPG reticulation of govern­ment-owned estates, if the funds were available.

He said: “Lagos solar is an energy initiative of Lagos State focused on implementing embedded solar power solutions for public facilities. This project aims at deliver­ing 4.59mw of sustain­able solar power to all rural, riverine and pub­lic boarding secondary schools (172) and 11 PHCs located within rural ar­eas. The government has also collaborated with UK Department for In­ternational Development, DFID, to co-fund this groundbreaking project.”

Tijani added that in the last one year, the ministry also executed geological mapping proj­ect in Lagos East Senato­rial District, adding that the report of the project showed that sand at Lek­ki, Ajah, parts of Ikorodu and Epe was 220 billion cubic metre while clay at Epe areas was estimated at 185 billion cubic metre.

On efforts to gener­ate independent power supply in the state, the General Manager, Lagos State Electricity Board, Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, said the state has greatly reduced crime rate and fostered a conducive envi­ronment for economic growth through constant supply of electricity.

Ogunbiyi said the state, through its five In­dependent Power Plants, commissioned in parts of the state, has been able to disconnect about 400 pow­erful generators.

Ogubiyi added that the state has the largest num­ber of well maintained public lighting network in the entire country, saying that the state has since 2013 maintained over 316km of public lighting in 227 locations and over 400km roads and streets across the state.

She listed some of the public buildings powered by the IPPs to include La­gos House Marina, Gen­eral Hospitals on Lagos Island, High courts, pub­lic lighting, street light­ing, Lagos State Univer­sity Teaching Hospital, LASUTH among others.

On why the state was yet to distribute LPG cyl­inders to 1 million house­hold, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Re­source, Mrs Iyabo Obasa, explained that the N150 million fund provided by the state government for the free distribution of the cylinders could only pro­vide for 20,000 homes.

To encourage LPG use in the state, Obasa said the Ministry distrib­uted 20,000 3kg and 6kg cylinders across the 57 Local Government and Local Council Develop­ment Areas.

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