Governor Fashola of Lagos state, Nigeria’s commercial capital, has revealed plans to power the Lekki Free Zone with nuclear energy as an alternative for manufacturing and other businesses in the area.
Ventures Africa reports that the governor made the discolsure at a meeting with the Organised Private Sector (OPS) at the Lekki Free Zone in Lekki, where he emphasized the importance of power supply to businesses all across the country.
“We spent over two hours at the Executive Council meeting deliberating on Nuclear Energy for the State and how it could be deployed into use. That shows you how we intend to address issues of power in the State. We sat down with one of the foremost practitioners who is a Nigerian and he took us through all the protocols that is needed,” he said.
Going further, he reiterated that all power supply options were being explored. “In less than three years we can establish it, especially when we need not do distribution, but places like the Lekki Free Zone can have the Nuclear Power between 15 and 24 months. No option is off the table as we move forward in our strive to solve the power challenge for the State,” he added.
Lagos continues to rank high on the list of highly productive cities in Africa. McKinsey says the GDP of Lagos alone can be compared to that of Angola; little wonder then that the governor sees his government as a sub?national government, and takes the issue of powering the state very seriously.
The private sector was represented by members of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and the Nigerian Employers Consultative Association (NECA), among others.