Fashola’s landmark achievements in the power sector during his tenure in Lagos, and which must have caught the attention of the President were numerous. In February 2008, he unveiled the master plan for the private initiative multi-billion-dollar Lagos Energy City Project which is expected to generate 130 megawatts of electricity.
Located on 170-hectare land in Badagry, the project is nearing its completion stage and will serve as a business and tourism facility where people can work and actualize their visions.
Designed to incorporate alternative power sources and specifically designed to preserve the ecosystem of Badagry, with its serene beaches, ancient historical monuments and rich cultural traditions, the project guarantees uninterrupted power to the energy city on record time and will enhance investments in Nigeria and increase the country’s ability to attract critical revenue from the energy sector.
Other major achievements included the 2.45 MW capacity Independent Power Plant (IPP) that has been facilitating the pumping of an additional 130 million gallon of water from the Iju and Adiyan waterworks to the supply stock of Lagos State. It was handed over by the former governor in March 2010.
The commissioning of the first transformer manufacturing industry in West Africa by the ex-governor in October 2010 was an achievement which greatly endeared him to Lagosians and indeed all Nigerians. Located at Toga-Zanmi in Badagry, the transformer factory, El Sewedy Electrical Nigeria Limited, a joint venture between the Lagos State Government and the EL Sewedy Group of Cairo, Egypt, has not only enhanced regular and steady electricity, but has encouraged similar investors to invest in Nigeria.
In October 2010, after two years of intensive negotiations, the Lagos State Government under Fashola, and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) finally signed a Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) for the setting up of a Greefield Refinery and Hydrocarbon Industrial Park to be located at the Lekki Energy City within the Lekki Free Zone, Ibeju Lekki, Lagos.
The 10 Megawatts Island Power Project commissioned in May 2011 by Fashola was a clear response to the implementation of the nation’s Power Sector Programme, just as the 8.8MW Mainland Independent Power Project ( IPP) commissioned in October last year.
The Mainland IPP has been providing uninterrupted 24-hour power supply to the state’s public institutions within the Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ikeja. The institutions include Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Lagos State University College of Medicine (LASUCOM), Old Secretariat Complex, High Court Complex, Lagos Water Corporation and over 20 kilometres of existing public lighting.
The 8.4 Mega Watts Peninsula Integrated Power Project, commissioned in March this year, and which is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) between the Lagos State Government and Peninsula Integrated Power Limited, has been providing power for public infrastructures in the Lekki, Ikoyi and Victoria Island axis such as the Lekki Phase 1 Waterworks, Ligali Ayorinde Waterworks and Saka Tinubu Waterworks.
The power project is also expected to provide 25km public lighting within Lekki phase 1, Victoria Island and Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge amongst others. The state government carried out and completed 165 rural electrification projects under its rural intervention scheme. 200 transformers and 100 solar-powered water projects were distributed to various communities.
More than 38 communities benefited from the integrated rural development (IRD) programme through the provision of “alternative energy/power” and provision of solar.
BY : Flora Anne