Lagos - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, warned the country’s economic development would stagnate amid inadequate power supply.
Fashola said many of the industrial estates known for their high employment capacity in the state had to shut down as a result of lack of power.
“On the Apapa-Oshodi-Isolo Expressway, there are four industrial estates-the Apapa Industrial Estate, the Matori Industrial Estate, the Isolo Industrial Estate and the Ilupeju Industrial Estate. I know that Isolo Industrial Estate used to be a very busy area with people resuming work as early as
8.30 a.m. when I used to go to school as a teenager,” he reminisced.
“Coming back in the afternoon, that morning shift was closing. If you were up late at night as I occasionally was, that night shift was closing. They are no longer there. All of those industrial estates have shut down because there is no power,” he said.
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He noted the closure had left scores unemployed.
Fashola highlighted some initiatives his administration had embarked on to enhance the availability of power.
“We have done the Akute Power Plant to supply power to our waterworks, the Iju Waterworks and Adiyan Waterworks. These are the only waterworks I know in the country that have their own independent power.”
Other power plants completed and functional, the governor said, include the Lagos Island Power Plant which services the State House, the Island Maternity, General Hospital, Zone 11 Police Command, Lion Building, City Hall, the e-Learning Centre and more than ten schools as well as the Dolphin Waterworks.
Demand for power far exceeds output in Nigeria, the continent’s most populous country with more than 160 million. Blackouts are a daily occurrence with demand for electricity is more than double the industry’s
4 000-megawatt capacity.
– CAJ News