By Vera Anyagafu
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director, Stephen M. Haykin, has expressed the need for a reliable electricity supply in Nigeria, saying that he cannot think of a better way than to actively partner with the Lagos State government for the development of a robust Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), starting with Lagos state.
The virtual partnership signing event between USAID Power Africa Nigeria Power Sector Program (PA-NPSP) and representatives of the Lagos State government, was held July 14, 2020, in Lagos and both parties went forth to executed a Letter of Cooperation to formally launch the initiative.
Giving his remarks, Haykin said he could not think of any other better way to accelerate access to electricity than to actively partner with the Lagos State government, noting that, a reliable electricity supply to Nigeria’s present and future is most necessary.
The IRP initiative, which will be developed in close coordination with PA-NPSP, will serve as a roadmap to guide the development and implementation of a comprehensive electrification strategy that is best suited to the long-term needs of Lagos State, Haykin said.
It will also be an effective tool for improved planning and decision making towards accelerating successful investment in the electricity sector and ultimately increasing electricity accessibility and reliability in the state, he added.
Speaking also, the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the IRP is a priority initiative for Lagos.
And to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, there is no better place to start than in Nigeria, the governor said, while stressing that the Integrated Resource Plan is a priority initiative for the Lagos State government and it underpins the electricity strategy to ensure that access and reliability to Lagos residents is a reality.
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He also expressed the state’s gratitude to the Power Africa Nigeria Power Sector Program for leading the initiative and commended all the domestic stakeholders for providing support to ensure the Lagos Integrated Resource Plan becomes a reality and for their continuous support towards making Lagos greater.
Also, the state Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, in his remarks, said the development is a significant milestone in the implementation plan of the Lagos State government towards improving electricity access in the state.
Odusote pointed out the importance of an energy plan for sustainable economic development, saying it is impossible to have a sustainable economic plan without an energy plan.
” The objective of the Lagos State government is to deliver affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity to Lagos residents, a key enabler for the vision of making Lagos a 21st century economy. The Integrated Resource Plan will be a sustainable, long-term electrification plan for Lagos.”, he added.
However, the event also noted it is vital to support the iniative, as it serves as a critical planning process to meet consumers’ needs for electricity services in a way that satisfies multiple objectives for resource use.
And in support of the IRP, PA-NPSP, to provide an analysis and review of the power sector in Lagos State to develop a state-of-the-art planning mechanism that is best suited for the long-term electricity needs of the state’s residents, businesses, industries, and public/government premises such as hospitals and health clinics, it was also noted.
It was also stated at the event that the roadmap will assist the Lagos State government and its energy stakeholders to predict power system requirements for the next 20 years, enabling the effective and efficient management of energy resources.
Similarly, the Deputy Chief of Party for PA-NPSP, Tunde Gbajumo, emphasised the importance of collaborating with relevant stakeholders to develop sustainable solutions.
According to him, PA-NPSP and the Lagos State government will work closely with various stakeholders in the the state’s power sector to develop the Integrated Resource Plan.
He also said they have already formed a Study Team composed of gas suppliers, the two Lagos distribution companies, generation companies, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, the Rural Electrification Agency and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Gbajumo further explained that, the Power Africa Nigeria Power Sector Program is excited to be part of this landmark event for the partnership between the Lagos State government and USAID and hope that the event will serve as a further testament to the productive and sustainable growth of Nigeria’s energy sector.