12 February 2013

Nigeria: Alausa Power Project Ready By October - Fashola

Gov. Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday in Ikeja said that Lagos State's 10.4 MW Alausa Independent Power Project would be ready by October.

The governor gave the assurance while speaking at the commencement of the Lagos State Science and Technology week.

He said that the project had reached an advanced stage, adding that when completed, it would provide electricity to the whole of Alausa.

Fashola, who was represented by Mr Obafemi Hamzat, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, said the government embarked on the project and other ones to address power deficit in the state.

"In order to address the deficit and achieve the development we craved for, the state government embarked on the construction of IPP to power public infrastructure.

"This is because the cost of providing power supply for public infrastructure, through generating sets, is high.

"Among the IPP already constructed by the state is the 10 megawatts Island IPP, powering hospitals and other important government establishments on the Island," he said.

"Another is the 12.15MW Akute Power Project to provide power to the Akute Water Works and now the Alausa IPP which by God's grace will take Alausa off PHCN by October.

" We are not stopping here, we will continue to do things that will boost power supply in the state and serve the residents of the state better".

Fashola also said that the government had almost completed the design of a broadband infrastructure, adding "the state is already working with two companies on the project."

He said that when ready, it would reduce the cost of broadband, thus allowing residents and Nigerians in general easy access to the Internet.

The governor, who observed that Internet penetration in the country was below 20 per cent, said that the government would soon introduce a policy that would increase the penetration to 100 per cent.

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