The Lagos State Government is taking a bold step towards a greener future by pledging to enhance the power supply to vital public facilities through the use of renewable energy. With the aim of reducing carbon emissions, the government plans to deploy renewable energy in sectors such as transportation, healthcare, education, and more.
Under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the administration has set an ambitious target of generating one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2030. This significant announcement was made by the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Olalere Odusote, during a two-day workshop on Lagos urban power design sprint in Ikeja.
The initiative aligns with the state government’s commitment to transitioning to a renewable energy-based economy, in accordance with the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. Commissioner Odusote emphasized the government’s dedication to creating an enabling environment for the proliferation of renewable energy technologies, ensuring universal access to clean, affordable, and reliable energy in Lagos.
Renowned for its resilience efforts, Lagos has partnered with the Resilient Cities Network to drive this renewable energy transition. Dana Omran, the Regional Director for Africa at R-Cities Network, expressed excitement about the upcoming projects and highlighted the potential benefits for critical sectors like education and healthcare. Lagos joined the green and equitable recovery program alongside cities such as Cali, Cape Town, and Rio de Janeiro, with a shared goal of accelerating the equitable energy transition and fostering resilience.
The workshop served as a culmination of years of collaboration between the Lagos State government and the Resilient Cities Network. Dr. Folayinka Dania, Lagos’s Chief Resilience Officer, emphasized the importance of private sector involvement and innovation in renewable energy technology development. The focus is on unlocking opportunities that will support local manufacturing and technical capacity, propelling Lagos toward a future powered by sustainable energy.
Lagos is taking significant strides towards a greener, more resilient future, setting an example for other cities to follow in embracing renewable energy for a sustainable tomorrow.