As part of effort to ensure that communities in Ogun State enjoy stable power supply, the Ogun State Government has concluded arrangements to partner Energy Commission of Nigeria on the survey of energy demand and supply in 20 local government areas of the state.
The aim of the collaboration, according to Special Adviser to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Chief Taiwo Fagbemi was to establish energy demand and supply for the state.
He said the energy consumption survey was needed to enable government provide accurate and adequate energy of each community.
Fabgemi, who spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital during
a brainstorming session of local government chairmen and professionals from various energy sectors said about nine local government areas had been considered to start off the survey.
He noted that the exercise had been categorised into urban, semi-urban and rural communities, adding that the local councils(Obafemi Owode; Ado-Odo/ Ota; Sagamu; Abeokuta South; Ipokia; Imeko Afon; Waterside; Ijebu ode and Odeda) chosen cut across the three senatorial district of the state.
According to him "the data collected will be analysed and used to design an intervention plan to improve energy supply in the rural and urban areas of the state. Specific projects on renewable will be proposed to alleviate the energy and power supply situation in the state."
He added that the decision on energy provision for the state was to take advantage of federal government liberalisation of energy in ensuring that every nooks and cranny of communities in the state generate energy, noting that the survey would identify adequate energy that suits the council and as well determine what type and level of energy consumption.
According to him, the administration of Amosun was determined to ensure that the people of the state and investors were provided with adequate energy with 60 percent private and 40 percent national grid.
He recalled that the state government organised a workshop where professional were trained on how to determine energy requirement
and consumption of the people to enable government provide adequate and accurate energy need of each community for socio-economic development.