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Ambode signs Bill facilitating 24-Hour Power Supply in Lagos State into Law - BellaNaija

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday signed seven bills into law, among which is the law to facilitate 24-hour power supply in the state.

This is in line with the vision to attain a 24-hour economy and make the state globally competitive.

The new laws include the Lagos State Electric Power Reform Law, Amended Land Use Charge Law, School of Nursing Law and Cooperative College Law.

Others are the Cancer Research Institute Law, Amended Customary Court Law and the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law.

Giving details shortly after the governor signed the bills, the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olawale Oluwo, said that the Power Sector Reform Law would allow the State Government to intervene in major areas of the power value chain.

This, he said, is to the overall benefit of the people.

“One, the law puts the government in a position to be able to extend our guarantee to private sector participants who will come and generate power for us.

“By this guarantee, we are putting the balance sheet of our state on the table and assuring investors that as they generate power, they will get paid.

“Second is to help the distribution companies to upgrade their infrastructure, because if they generate the power and their infrastructure is still where it is today, clearly they will not have the capacity to carry the incremental power.

“The third area of intervention is that it empowers us to be able to open up the gas market in Lagos so that we can have gas on a consistent basis.

“That is how we can attain the 24-hour power supply,”  he said.

Oluwo said the law will also enable the State Government to collaborate with the distribution companies to collect tariff from customers efficiently.

He said it will be in a way that the said guarantee will not crystallise, while in the area of enforcement, the law will prevent power theft.

“What has happened today is that the first power theft law in Nigeria has been signed and this is the first time any government in Nigeria will institutionalise the power theft law.

“It criminalises power infraction. What we have seen before is that people tamper with and bypass meters and at the end of the day they are arrested and nothing happens.

“But the new law provides for jail terms as well as fines and all sorts of forbearance,” Oluwo explained.

Also, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, said the signing of the laws aptly confirmed the commitment of Gov. Ambode to institutionalise and enshrine good governance.

“Among the bills is the Amended Customary Law which is very important, because for a long time, the Customary Court system in the Local Government has been shut down because of the bill,” Bamigbetan said.

He said that with this revision, the Customary Court in Local Government would spring back to life.

According to him, many of the activities in the Local Government which require arbitration and dispute resolution which had been in abeyance so far would now come back in full stream.

“Another one is the Yoruba Promotion bill, and for the first time, it will become normal for you to be admitted into any of our tertiary institutions with a credit in Yoruba language.

“Yoruba will now become a major requirement for you to engage in normal business communication in Lagos State.

“This is a clear and conscious commitment to the position which the state prides Yoruba language as the cultural vehicle for us to be able to articulate our position.

“It also shows that Lagos has further recognised the importance of language as a vehicle for development,” Bamigbetan said.

Speaking on the import of the new laws, the State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, described the development as a great one for the state.

He said it signposts the commencement of the journey to further advance the dividends of democracy to the people.

9 Comments

  1. Tosin

    February 9, 2018 at 11:39 am

    Re: electricity – how can businesses help? it’s just so disgraceful that we can’t count on having electricity from one minute to the next.

  2. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    February 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Hindsight they say is 20/20. Legally the governor has just opened the door for law suits. This new electricity law failed to make provision for so many things. I hope the state can handle what’s comming her way. Be careful of what you wish for. A word is enough for the wise. I’m just saying.

  3. Michy

    February 9, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    If this law works, I’m moving to Lagos. This no ? situation in my state of residence is shortening my life span.

  4. Nwamaka

    February 9, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    “Yoruba will now become a major requirement for you to engage in normal business communication in Lagos State.” You people are not well. Yoruba will be a major requirement? so you now want to legalise the tribalism that has been going on in this Lagos. is yoruba Nigeria’s national language? why must i speak yoruba by force? tribalistic people! its so annoying the way yoruba people try to make everyone speak their language by force! Its my choice if i want to learn the language or not. why will you use a law to force me?

    • Max

      February 9, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      Honestly i thought i was the only one who read that part. Ambode and his people are not well!

      Lagos – A yoruba megacity of AFRICA! Mtchewww

    • Jade edo babe

      February 9, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      Madam, go back to your village then. No be by force to live in Lagos. Yoruba is the language mainly spoken in Lagos. Go tell rocha to stop building useless statues and embarrassing his people. Igbo people always quick to complain about tribalism but go to Enugu, Anambra, East , na red eye they use welcome you immediately they find out you are not igbo. I dated an Igbo guy, his family showed me pepper and said their son will marry Igbo lady, even white lady before me. Mscheeew Remove the log from your eyes first.
      The same way Hausas, fulanis make you suffer if you are not one of them and Muslim.
      Yorubas pretend a lot but I still prefer them. And if Ambode wants to impose Yoruba, so what.

  5. Pink

    February 9, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I have never understood power shortage in Nigeria. With all the oil in that country ? Your country is so rich!

  6. Anon

    February 9, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    I seize to believe any news about development comming from Nigeria until seen

  7. mulikat

    February 9, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    go back to your own state,finish,i hope we get 24 hours light in lagos,then rest S.W states will follow up, nice 1 my yoruba nation,1 day we get our own country,out of this backward force union call naija.

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