La­gos to light up ma­jor roads

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Femi Aki­nola, La­gos

The Spe­cial Ad­viser to La­gos State Gover­nor on Energy, Mr. Oladeji Wil­liams, says the state gov­ern­ment has con­cluded plans to put street lights on all ma­jor roads and ar­eas of the state by De­cem­ber.

The ad­viser said at a news con­fer­ence yesterday that the pro­ject would be in three phases.

“The first phase would be the pro­vi­sion of street lights on the road from Berger along the La­gos-Ibadan ex­press­way to La­gos Is­land, the sec­ond phase would be from Iko­rodu Road to La­gos Is­land while the third would be the elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of 67 com­mu­ni­ties in Ibeju-Lekki which has been in dark­ness for the past five years”, he said.

He added that com­mu­ni­ties around the Lekki Free Trade Zone would be con­nected

to

the na­tional grid. “We are look­ing at con­nect­ing the street light net­work to our In­de­pen­dent Power Pro­ject (IPP). We are also study­ing the struc­ture net­work and de­ter­min­ing the best point of con­tact to con­nect the street lights along the axis,” he said.

Wil­liams said the street lights would be con­nected to the IPP in or­der to en­sure safe and al­ter­na­tive power and re­duce op­er­a­tional ex­penses.

“The street lights will be 250 watts per lan­tern which is the 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 the pro­ject would stim­u­late job op­por­tu­ni­ties with the in­volve­ment of the pri­vate sec­tor in its main­te­nance and se­cu­rity.

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