Gov. Ambode To Reconnect 37 Communities To National Grid After 16 years



  • Says Oshodi world-class transport interchange’ll be ready in 15 months

By Moshood Adebayo

LAGOS State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the electrifica­tion of 37 rural commu­nities around the border town of Seme.

The government said it plans to engage 54 pri­vate firms to provide street lights in the state.

The state also plans to reconnect another 32 communities in the Apa, Owode, Seme border area of Badagry, which had been cut off from the na­tional grid for the past 16 years.

Speaking through the state’s Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, the governor also said about 600-kilome­tre network of roads and streets in 366 locations in the state had been lit up in the last one year under the ‘Light Up Lagos’ project initiated by his adminis­tration.

Ambode also said the state’s five Independent Power Plants (IPP) had saved the government mil­lions of naira.

Although he was not specific on the amount of money saved, he said but for the IPP projects, huge sums of money would have been incurred in op­erating and maintaining power generating sets.

The project, he said, had enabled the lighting up of major areas of the state, including Muritala Muhammed Airport Road, Berger to Iyana Oworo axis, the Third Mainland Bridge, Ikeja and environs and Oshodi axis.

In a bid to ensure sus­tainability of the project, he said the state govern­ment had fine-tuned plans to engage 54 private firms, which would be saddled with the responsibility of managing the streetlights.

He explained that most of the streetlights were connected to the IPP in the state, namely; Akute Power Limited, Alausa Power Limited, Mainland Power Limited, Island Power Limited and Lekki Peninsular Power Limit­ed.

“The saved resources are now being channelled to lighting up more loca­tions within the state un­der the operation ‘Light up Lagos’ initiative of the present administration,” he said.

He warned against de­struction of street light poles and cables by the residents and said who­ever damages any of the facilities would bear the cost of re-fixing them.

Ambode also said the long awaited regeneration of Oshodi into world-class Central Business District (CBD) will commence next week with the con­struction of a transport in­terchange which will fea­ture the consolidation of all 13 cities and interstate parks in Oshodi into three multi-story bus terminals.

The three floors, which will be 30,000 square me­tres for each terminal will take care of parking and passenger demands.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at a stakeholders’ forum put together by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban De­velopment on the planned regeneration of Oshodi, said the project was in line with his administration’s determination to trans­form Oshodi into a world-class CBD with business, travel and leisure activi­ties conducted in a serene, secure, clean, orderly and hygienic environment.

The governor, repre­sented by the Commis­sioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Develop­ment, Mr. Adebowale Akinsanya said the project would be delivered in 15 months.

Addressing stakehold­ers, including commu­nity leaders, transport workers, marketmen and women and others at Os­hodi Youth Development Centre, Ambode said: “The Oshodi you see to­day shall be a thing of the past in the next 15 months as a world class transport interchange will be com­ing up.”

In her presentation, Ambode’s Special Adviser on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule said the concept of the regeneration plan is pre­mised on a three-pronged approach including urban renewal, environmental regeneration as well as transformation and secu­rity.

She said Oshodi, in its present state, currently accommodates about one million pedestrians with about 100,000 passen­gers daily accessing the 13 parks scattered within the area, while 76 percent of the area is dedicated to transport and related activities, which led to serious traffic congestion and other environmental issues.

Onabule said the new Oshodi CBD would not only reduce crime in the area, but, also, address the environmental nuisance locations and areas of con­fusion often associated with the area.

She said the new plan would also boost intra-tourism by making the area a tourist destination and increase the eco­nomic value of the state, where business, travel and leisure activities would be conducted in a serene, secure, clean and orderly environment.

The project, which she said is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initia­tive between the state government, represented by Ibile Holdings, Trans­link Capital Development Limited and Planet Proj­ects Limited, would see the consolidation of all 13 cities and interstate parks in the area into three multi-storey bus termi­nals to cater for parking and passengers’ demand.

Onabule further ex­plained that the Terminal One running from Mo­safejo Market Axis would be for inter-state trans­port activities, while the Terminal Two and Three running from the former Owonifari Market and ad­jacent to National Agency for Food Drug Adminis­tration and Control (NAF­DAC) respectively will ca­ter for intra-city transport activities.

She said the terminals would have standard fa­cilities including waiting area, loading bays, ticket­ing stands, driver lounge, parking areas, rest rooms among others.   The Sun

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