Lagos State government yesterday revealed that it is currently putting a draft together to criminalise power theft in the state, Leadership reports.
The state’s commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources Mr. Olawale Oluwo who disclosed this during the annual ministerial briefing said,” if anyone vandalises power assets, by-pass meter under the Lagos State embedded power project, such person may likely go to jail.” Oluwo flanked by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, member Lagos State House Committee on Energy said; “We will have a draft bill by next month; the lawyers are already working on it, and the draft will be presented to the State House of Assembly. And when the house passes the bill and the governor signs it into law, we will begin enforcement immediately.”
The commissioner said it is determined to meet its electricity challenges by stimulating investment in the state through its embedded power scheme. “Beyond powering its own public facilities with the already established independent power plants delivering a combined 47.5MW, the state intends to stimulate investment through this initiative with the generation of 3000MW of power through accelerated deployment of embedded or distributed power plants in strategic locations within three to five years to drive our economy and bring additional electricity to millions of homes and businesses,” he said.