Lagos govt canvasses solar energy to tackle emission

The Lagos State Government has convened a high-level validation workshop on the gaps and needs assessment for energy projects as part of the government’s efforts to adopt solar renewables across the state, a move to address the issue of emissions.

This is was announced in a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Adekunle Adeshina.

The Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Tajudeen Gaji, speaking at a workshop held recently at the Protea Hotel, Alausa, Ikeja, stated that the energy sector had the highest ranking in the state emission profile according to the last emission inventory.

“To address this,” Gaji said, “the adoption of solar renewables was recommended in the Lagos Climate Action Plan.”

He added that the Lagos Climate Action Plan had been painstakingly examined; stressing that it now requires everyone’s commitment to put Lagos on the emission reduction trajectory and take global actions.

Gaji said under the consultancy of Lagos Urban Development Initiative, a variety of approaches, including the inception report, stakeholder mapping and bilateral engagements to come up with the business and financial models to deliver the project, were exploited.

A consultant from the Lagos Urban Development Initiative, Mrs Olamide Udoma-Ejorh, explained that Lagos State has four laws, Acts, and policies that have been identified as significant to the project.

She listed the laws as “the Lagos State Government Electricity Policy (2021); the Lagos State Integrated Resource Plan; the Lagos State Climate Action Plan (2020-2025); and the Lagos State Resilience Strategy.”