10,000MW needed to power Lagos

The Commissioner for Agriculture in Lagos, Mr. Oluwatoyin Isiaka Suarau, yesterday said the state needs 10,000 megawatts of electricity as a result of its economic importance and skyrocketing population.

Suarau, who spoke at a workshop organised by the Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria (IPAN), however, regretted that the state currently gets 1,000 megawatts from the national grid.

He revealed that the state government would seek to involve more investors in the power sector since it had been made more open for private investments.

He added: “If we can deliver power in the right quality and quantity, the opportunities it will unlock are immense. If the economy is growing at over seven per cent without power, you can imagine the possibilities when there is power.”

He said the present administration is committed to providing 15,000 megawatts of electricity through embedded power generation between now and 2020 in recognition of the critical role of electricity in industrialization, Daily Trust reports.

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