Gov Akinwunmi Ambode is firing the cylinder from all ends, and he is moving Lagos forward. Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB), in conjunction with the Department for International Development (DFID) has commenced a 10-day training programme on Operation and Maintenance of Lagos Solar Project for Public Schools and Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in the State.
Speaking at the opening of the training programme, the Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, said that 172 flagship schools and 11 rural Primary Health Centres (PHCs) in Lagos have been picked as beneficiaries for the solar project, which would result in improved services in the institution and creation of more than 3,000 jobs in the supply chain.
He said that presently, Solar Power Systems have already been installed in 32 Government Schools and Epe Primary Health Centre by engineers trained by LSEB in the first phase of the Lagos Solar Project to provide the public institutions with reliable, pollution-free power and lighting at lower cost than fuel-burning generators.
Oluwo however implored the beneficiaries of the solar systems to take ownership and protect them in order to encourage government to do more.
Earlier, Mr. Adebayo Adelakun of ENERTECH LTD, facilitator of the training programme said,the primary objective of the exercise is to keep installations running by managing all sorts of alarm in the system, reduce economic losses in the institutions and improve power supply through their sustainability and regular maintenance.
While noting that the training would be done in the class as well as on the site and will involve more than 30 engineers and technicians, Adelakun disclosed that the timing for the commencement of the programme is auspicious because this is the period when the weather poses most challenge to solar installations.
AMBODE WELCOMES ADMISSION INTO ODU’A GROUP
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has welcome with joy and enthusiasm the admission of Lagos State as the 6th member of the Odu’a Group, describing it as a major landmark in the effort of the South-West States of Nigeria towards regional integration.
A statement issued on Wednesday by the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, stated that the Governor believed strongly that the drive towards regional integration in the South West of Nigeria cannot be effectively pursued if all the States in the region failed to combine their resources, work together and maximize their comparative advantages in order to build a strong regional infrastructural and social links amongst the States.
The statement further said that Governor Ambode fervently believes that Lagos joining the Odu’a Group is a priority for his administration because with its huge population, vibrant economic base and being the centre of economic and business activities in Nigeria, Lagos is uniquely placed to contribute to the development and growth of the Odu’a Investment Company Limited (OIC), the investment arm of the group, as well as the integration of South West Nigeria in general.
It said the Governor expressed his gratitude to the group for the decision and look forward to his government working with those of other States in the group towards the improvement and development of South West of Nigeria and its people.
It would be recalled that the decision to admit Lagos State as the 6th member of the Odu’a Group was taken at the end of a meeting of the five Governors of Oyo, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Ekiti States in Ibadan yesterday, thereby ending four years of debate amongst the previous five owner States over whether Lagos State should be admitted into the group.