The Lagos State Government has promised that public schools and hospitals in the state will soon be boastful of steady power supply through its solar system project.
According to a statement by the government on Thursday, the project will commence after a 10-day training organised for technicians,
The Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olawale Oluwo, who declared the training open, encouraged institutions that had the facilities to participate.
He said 172 schools and 11 health centres would benefit from the project, adding that it would create about 30,000 jobs.
“The first 32 schools and the Epe health care centre have received their polar photovoltaic systems under the first phase of the Lagos Solar Project, providing reliable pollution-free power and lighting at a cost lower than fuel-burning generators.
“No fewer than 172 flagship schools and 11 rural primary health centres are targeted as the intervention sites, which will result in these institutions benefitting from improved services, with over 3o,000 jobs generated through the supply chain. The solar power systems have so far been installed in 32 government-owned schools and primary health centres,” He said.
The training provider, Adebayo Adelakun of Enertech Limited, said the objective of the programme was to keep solar power installations running, as well as reduce economic losses in schools and primary health centres operating within the solar systems.
“The 10-day training programme, which kicked off in Ikeja on Monday, is organised by the Lagos State Electricity Board, the implementing agency of the state Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources,” he added.