In a renewed effort to improve security, the Lagos State Government has stepped up its Public Street Light Project to illuminate the nook and crannies as well as identified notorious dark spots within the metropolis.
Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo who spoke at a meeting with stakeholders in his office at Alausa Monday, explained that the project was with a view to scuttle the activities of hoodlums and miscreants who are fond of using dark and lonely spots to perpetrate vices and unwholesome practices at night.
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He said the street light exercise has not only become most visible to the citizenry, but has also become accepted and applauded by all and sundry, given its positive contributions to businesses as well as employment generation in the state.
According to the Commissioner, many communities which hitherto had been without functioning electricity have been successfully connected, adding that major and inner roads, pedestrians walkways and under bridges in various parts of Lagos have been lit within the last 12 months.
Speaking further, Oluwo said the state government adopted the management of all street lights within Lagos irrespective of legacy ownership through his Ministry, mainly to ensure uniformity of standard, excellent service delivery, holistic and sustainable approach to monitoring and maintaining of installations.
He said that some of the street lights have been connected to the Independent Power Plants at Alausa, Mainland and Lekki to save cost.
While expressing government’s desire to establish a formidable Ceramic Processing Centre in the state through preliminary studies for ceramic skill acquisition, the Commissioner said the state government through Ibile Oil and Gas will continue to leverage on the commencement of production of crude oil from the Aje oil field in Badagry and other prospective oil fields towards creating jobs and enhancing revenue generation in the State.