Lagos State Government and a United Kingdom firm, Low Energy Designs (LED) Limited on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct 10,000 LED street lights covering 300 kilometres across the state.
Speaking at the signing of the MoU at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said, the partnership which also includes the provision of about 500 jobs and construction of an LED lighting and Hybrid Energy Power Assembly Plant in Epe, is estimated at $7million (about N2.52billion) is expected to be delivered in the next 12 months.
According to him, the development was a major milestone and a positive paradigm shift in the provision of street lighting for the state.
Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr. Olawale Oluwo said the successful commencement of the partnership signposts a positive progress to the Light- Up Lagos Project, which he said, is a special initiative of his administration composing street lighting, community electrification and embedded power programme.
He said: “With this agreement we are signing today, we are setting a new chart for the future of what street lighting, installation, management and control will be like in Lagos. It is a major paradigm shift.
“We have about 33,000 street lights in Lagos under the Lagos State Electricity Board. Now, the LED UK, based on this 300km, will give us about 10,000 street lights. So, technically, they are going to be having about 31 per cent of our entire street light infrastructure and this is a major significant development.”
Earlier, Chief Executive Office of LED UK Limited, Mr. Alan Parker said his firm was greatly honored to partner with the State Government to deliver the project, adding that over the next 12 months, a British and Nigerian consortium would work to retrofit major roads in the State with urban regeneration project in Ikoyi, Ikeja and Victoria Island.
“As part of this project, we will be employing over 500 local people here in Lagos and investing $7million in the construction and setup of a LED lighting and Hybrid Energy Power Assembly Plant here in Epe.”
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