The Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode and the minister for power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, less than three weeks after they public dispute, have apparently reconciled their differences in order to better the situation of infrastructures and power in Lagos state.
This was evident after the Minister paid an official visit to Governor Ambode on Saturday, 25th of March. Fashola spoke about the Federal Governments plan for the Power sector and also some road projects in Lagos. He said that the Federal Government was ready to support states to generate ‘captive power’ as a permanent solution to the problem of electricity in the country.
A captive power plant is a facility that is dedicated to providing a localised source of power to an energy user- in this case, individual states. The plants may operate in grid parallel mode with the ability to export surplus power to the local electricity distribution network.
He noted that the current 100MW that is been allocated to Lagos state is clearly not sufficient, adding that the plans are being mad to expand it. He said the federal government was making efforts to expand the capacity of the transmission stations in Ayobo and Odogunyan and Ikorodu, while that of Alagbon in Ikoyi had been completed.
The minister assured the governor that Lagos State would get the bulk of the incremental power from the Omotosho power plant in Ondo State and Olorunsogo power plant in Ogun.
He said that the federal government was ready to assist Lagos and other states in generating captive power, particularly in rural areas.
“We want all states to get involved, and wherever it is possible, to use captive power, especially in the rural areas.
“We will be happy to give our support, but we want all of these to happen in a regulated environment where the left hand knows what the right hand is doing,’’ Fashola said
Amode appreciated the Minister for his commitment to moving Lagos forward, adding that Fashola’s previous administration had allowed his administration smooth operations.