1st May, 2012
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have advised the State Government to take advantage of the new policy of the Federal Government policy on power transmission.
The House thus urged the executive arm to set aside a substantial part of the 2013 Appropriation for the building and maintenance of facilities in the energy sector of the state.
The House further urged Governor Babatunde Fashola to create an opportunity for the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to intensify liaison with relevant private investors in order to achieve efficient and sufficient electricity supply in the state.
The House passed this as a resolution that was brought before the House by some lawmakers led by Mrs Muhibat Rufai-Adeyemi representing Ojo Constituency 1 at the House.
Other lawmakers, who co-sponsored the resolution include the Deputy Speaker, Kolawole Taiwo, Sanai Agunbiade representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, Deputy Chief Whip, Rotimi Olowo, Bisi Yusuf representing Alimosho Constituency 1, Abiodun Tobun representing Epe Constituency 1 and Lanre Ogunyemi representing Ojo Constituency 2.
The lawmakers lamented the problems residents of the state as well as businesses face daily as a result of the power challenge bedevilling the country, adding that the problem had crippled socio-economic activities and had resulted in low productivity of citizens in the state.
While commending the state government over its efforts to produce alternative energy through conversion of solid waste as it agreed on at the recently concluded 2012 Energy Summit, lawmakers noted that the change in energy policy by the Federal Government through the National Council on Privatisation (NCP) which grants approval for state government to provide electricity for their states by reaching an agreement with the relevant distribution companies should be exploited fully by Lagos State.
By Eromosele Ebhomele