The Lagos State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has commenced the electrification of dark spots and installation of Street Lights as part of concerted efforts to illuminate the nooks and crannies within the metropolis as well as improve the security situation in Lagos.
Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Hon. Adewale Oluwo, who disclosed this at a meeting with stakeholders at Alausa recently, explained that the project was being expanded with a view to deterring hoodlums and miscreants from using dark and lonely spots to perpetrate vices and unwholesome practices at night.
He said the street lighting exercise has not only become the most visible to the citizenry but has also become accepted and applauded by all and sundry, given its positive contributions to businesses as well as employment generation in the State.
According to the Commissioner, many communities which hitherto had been without functioning electricity have been successfully connected, adding that major and inner roads, pedestrian walkways and underneath bridges in various parts of Lagos have been lit within the last twelve months.
In his words, “The State Government embarked on the management and illumination of all streets and major roads within Lagos irrespective of ownership through his Ministry, in order to ensure uniformity of standard, excellent service delivery, holistic and sustainable approach to monitoring and maintaining of installations”.
He stated that some of the street lights had to be connected to the Independent Power Plants at Alausa, Mainland, and Lekki to save cost.