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Lagos set to begin phase two energy audit of facilities for improved investments

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The Lagos State Government has said that it is set to embark on energy audit of state facilities with the aim of developing comprehensive master plan that will serve as blueprint towards investment in energy infrastructure.

General Manager, Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB), Mr. Mukhtaar Tijani, gave the hint, yesterday, while briefing newsmen on the activities of the agency at the state’s Energy Academy in Ikeja.

He said that the audit was expedient as it provides the opportunity to assess the current energy level and needs of the state, as well as fastrack development in clean energy resources.

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According to him, the audit will further provide means of expanding the capacity to meet the desired needs, as it will cut across all sectors of the state.

The LSEB boss said the first phase of the exercise has been completed at the state-owned healthcare facilities, educational institutions, waste management facilities, parks, water works, sports, theatres and cinemas across the five divisions of the state.

Tijani stressed that the audit would not be limited to government and public facilities but extended to private sector to harmonise all energy resources in the state.

He said part of efforts to improve the energy mix was the Lagos Solar project, which is an initiative that is focused on implementing stand-alone solar power solutions for public facilities.

MEANWHILE, Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has inaugurated members of the State Task Force on Human Trafficking to curb the menace of human trafficking and irregular migration in the state.

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The governor, who spoke at the inauguration, urged all members of the task force to see their appointment as a call to service.

He also charged members of Lagos State task force on human trafficking to come up with brilliant ideas, innovations and policies that will assist the state government in curbing the menace.

Sanwo-Olu, who commended the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for its relentless efforts in the fight against human trafficking and irregular migration, also appreciated NAPTIP for rendering assistance to human trafficking victims that are being rehabilitated.

In her address, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, said the problem of human trafficking and irregular migration had become a great national concern, especially with the large number of Nigerians trapped in sexual and labour exploitation in various African and European countries, apart from the hundreds that continue to die in the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean Sea.

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