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Zainab Sanni

The Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sealed a pact with the United Agency for International Development (USAID) to effectively launch the Lagos State Integrated Resource Plan under the Power Africa-Nigeria’s Power Sector Program initiative (PA-NPSP).

Sanwo-Olu, who appended his signature in Lagos, said: “To improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, there is no better place to start than in Nigeria.

“The Integrated Resource Plan is a priority initiative for the Lagos State Government as it underpins our power reform strategy to ensure that access to reliable and affordable electricity of residents becomes a reality.”

Commending PA-NPSP for leading the initiative, which also extends all the domestic stakeholders for providing support, he added by their collective resolve to ensure the Lagos Integrated Resource Plan becomes a reality was laudable.

The Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote, stated the partnership was a significant milestone in the implementation plan of the State Government to improve access of residents to affordable electricity.

The objective of the Lagos State Government, he said, “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 pointed out that Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) when developed will be an effective tool for improved planning and decision making towards accelerating successful investment in the electricity sector.

USAID’s Mission Director, Stephen Haykin, said: “Power Africa recognises the importance of reliable electricity supply to Nigeria’s present and future. From an energy perspective, I can’t think of any better way to accelerate access to electricity than to actively partner with the Lagos State Government for the development of a robust IRP.

“To this end, it is vital that we support this initiative, 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.”

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