The Nigerian Electricity and Regulatory Agency (NERC) says that it would assist the Lagos State Government in its efforts to improve electricity supply to the people of the state.
NERC‘s chief executive officer, Mr Sam Amadi made the promise when he led officials of the commission on a courtesy visit to Governor Babatunde Fashola in Ikeja.
He said the state‘s huge population and its many industries had put a strain on its available megawatts of electricity, noting that the situation had resulted in acute power shortage in the state.
While acknowledging the efforts of the state government at solving the problem, the NERC chief executive said the commission would support the government in boosting the state’s power capacity.
Amadi noted that the commission would soon licence the take-off of the Alausapower plant being built by the state government.
He said the plant would complement the capacities of the 10 megawatt Lagos Island IPP and that of Akute, which the commission had earlier licenced.
Amadi stated that if the state was able to achieve the required 6,000 megawatts and move away from the current 800 megawatts, Lagos would then depend less on electricity from the national grid.
He promised that the commission would encourage the Lagos State to achieve self-sufficiency in power generation and supply through more support for its future power improvement initiatives.
Earlier, Fashola had thanked NERC for its consistent support for government’s initiatives at improving supply, saying that the partnership had helped the state to record considerable improvements in power supply.
He disclosed that the state planned to establish more power projects apart from the existing IPPs to boost supply in the state‘s five major industrial estates and residential areas.
The Lagos State chief executive urged the commission to help to solve the problem of poor gas supply to its existing power plants, noting that the situation had affected the generation capacity of the plants.