Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday commissioned electrification project in 67 communities in Ibeju-Lekki and Akodo areas of the state.
Ambode, who spoke at the commissioning ceremony held in Ibeju-Lekki, said his administration was moved to embark on the project because of the ordeals the communities were subjected to for lack of access to electricity.
He said the project was another success story of the ‘Light Up Lagos’ project, an initiative of his administration.
According to him, the ‘Light Up Lagos’ project was built on a tripod which included Community Electrification, Street Lightening and Power Advisory Committee, made up of key stakeholders from the public and private sector which had a mandate to develop a roadmap to provide sustainable power supply to homes and businesses in Lagos in the medium to long term.
He added that the project falls under the community light-up initiative, saying the attention of the state government was drawn to the challenges of the residents of the 68 communities for over five years.
The governor said, “After a due assessment of the situation, we commenced work last year October and we promised to ensure that these 68 communities are connected to the national grid.
“Today, we are delighted to say that these communities have been connected to the national grid.
“To make this project a reality, 33kv dedicated high-tension lines were laid from Ajah sub-station to Eleko junction and from there spread to 68 communities a high tension network covering 131.5 kilometers was rehabilitated and 86 transformers were installed at a total cost of N600million.
“Beyond fulfilling our promise to these 68 communities, we have also demonstrated our commitment to run an all-inclusive government which no one will be left behind.
“We have demonstrated our intention to run an all inclusive government. And it will boost the socio-economic activities of this axis. 34 communities is been addressed and before September, we shall connect them to the national grid.
“As we do this, we will intensify our light-up initiative because the vision is to light-up all roads in the state.
“Through this, we are re- affirming our commitment to the wellbeing of the residents of Lagos irrespective of their location.”