Thursday, October 8, 2015 8:28 pm
The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it had concluded plans to illuminate major roads in the state by installing street lights by December.
Mr Oladeji Williams, Special Adviser to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Energy, who gave details of the project at a news conference in Alausa, said the project would be carried out in three phases.
He said the first phase would be from Berger to the Lagos Island while the second would be run from Ikorodu also to the Island.
The adviser said the third phase would be the electrification of 67 communities in Ibeju-Lekki axis of the state, which had been in darkness over the past five years.
Williams said the communities would also be connected to the National grid. “We are looking at connecting the street lighting networks to our Independent Power Project (IPP) within the vicinity.
“We are also currently studying the structural network drawings aimed at determining the best point of contact to connect the street lights at the axis,’’ Williams said.
He said that the street lights would be connected to the IPP in order to ensure safe as well as the alternative power while reducing operational expenses.
“The street lights will be 250 watts per lantern, which is of industry standard and we are hoping to achieve all this by December,” he said.
Earlier, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Taofeek Fashola, said that the project would stimulate job opportunities with the involvement of the private sector in the maintenance and security.
“We will have developed stringent service level agreement in place and we will also be reviewing them and their performances to ensure that the street lights are at optimal performance,’’ Fashola said.