Lagos warns against vandalisation of streetlights
THE Lagos State government has warned against the destruction of streetlights poles and cables by residents and motorists, saying whoever damages any streetlight would bear the cost of repairs.
Lagos State’s Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo, who gave the warning yesterday, said, about 600kilometre network of roads and streets in 366 locations across the state have so far been lit up under the ‘Light Up Lagos’ project initiated by the Akinwunmi Ambode administration in the last one year.
According to him, the project has seen the lighting up of major areas of the state, including the Third Mainland Bridge, Ikeja and environs, Berger to Iyana Oworo axis, Muritala Muhammed Airport Road, and Oshodi axis.
Oluwo said in the bid to ensure the sustainability of the project, government has fine-tuned plans to engage 54 private firms, who would be saddled with the responsibility of managing the streetlights going forward.
He explained that most of the streetlights are connected to the five Independent Power Plants (IPP) in Lagos namely: Akute Power Limited, Alausa Power Limited, Mainland Power Limited, Island Power Limited and Lekki Peninsular Power Limited, which, he said, saves the state significant cost that would have been incurred on operating and maintaining generating sets.
On the procurement of electricity transformers, Oluwo said the ministry installed 49 transformers at various communities in Lagos, including Palmgrove, Gbagada and Alimosho estates.