The government of Lagos state says it has developed an electricity policy and strategic framework that is expected to drive the development of the secure and sustainable electricity supply of the future.
The head of the energy department of the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of the State of Lagos, Mr. Hafeez Momoh, announced this on Wednesday at a two-day Nordic-Nigeria Connect conference in Lagos.
Momoh said the electricity policy would encourage investment and improve the living conditions of all Lagos residents.
“To make Lagos a 21st century economy
“Energy supply is currently the main infrastructure and development challenge in the state, as Lagos, like the rest of the country, depends entirely on Nigeria’s national power grid for its electricity supply,” he said.
He said the state could enjoy both environmental and economic benefits if there was adequate access and an increase in green energy supplies.
Additionally, Daniel Adedokun, Head, Geocycle, Lafarge Africa said several issues would need to be addressed, including waste management, in order to make Lagos a smart city.
Adedokun, who spoke about smart cities and promoting green energy, said the indiscriminate incineration that affects the climate and the waste that leads to incessant flooding need to be addressed.
“Lafarge Africa is working with other industries to create a waste-free future.
“What we spend on energy is very large and at the end of the day we can replace most of our energy needs with waste from industry, agriculture and municipalities.
“Cement kiln is an asset to waste management and green energy.
“To turn it into green energy, we need to invest in converting the waste into useful resources, which is what our industry calls preprocessing,” he said.
He added that addressing the waste problem immediately would not only result in a clean city but also help create new jobs, which translates into additional GDP for the government.
During a panel session on green energy, Mr. Julien Peter, project developer at Scatec Solar, said the size of the Nigerian market is fascinating.
In his opinion, Nigeria is the leading economy in Africa in many sectors and that should also be the case with the expansion of renewable energies.
“Nordic companies would continue to offer innovative solutions to make energy products cost-effective for Nigerians,” said Peter.
The general manager of Oando Clean Energy’s Business Support Group, Mr Demola Ogunbanjo, also said that the state of Lagos has the opportunity to switch to renewable energy sources to meet its energy needs.
In his opinion, demand far exceeds supply.
He said that there are political and infrastructural issues that do not minimize the opportunities for renewable energies.
“There remains a need to invest in this area, and since many of us can use renewable energy, it is better for us.
“There must be new companies built on the basis of renewable energy sources.
“If we work closely with the government and remove some unnecessary cost elements, we should be able to make the renewable energy projects viable,” said Ogunbanjo.