Lagos Seeks UK Assistance On Energy Development

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The Lagos State Government has asked for Britain’s assistance to help it develop its energy sector, notably, power and solid minerals.

The State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral resources, Mr. Taofiq Ajibade Tijani, made the plea in his office when he hosted the British Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Carter.

The Commissioner told Carter that the state is considering adopting the use of compressed natural gas, CNG, to power vehicles operating in the state.

He said the CNG programme, which had already started in Edo State, will soon be introduced as a pilot scheme to the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Lag bus vehicles.

Tijani further said that the use of CNG will greatly reduce the demand for petrol and diesel, which are not environmentally friendly and already been priced out of the reach of the common man.

The Commissioner sought the assistance of the Deputy High Commissioner in attracting investors in the energy sector especially in renewable energy, waste to energy project, captive power project, and solar energy deployment in the state.

He also said that Lagos was interested in attracting investors for the development of the Solid Mineral, and the Oil and Gas subsectors of the state economy.

Responding, the British Deputy High Commissioner promised to keep the Ministry updated on areas of mutual interest, and spoke about various business opportunities that abound in the United Kingdom, UK.

He urged the Commissioner to take advantage of the UKTI-SHELL Chain engagement programme coming up in May 2013, to showcase the Ministry and the state at large to potential investors from all over UK that had been invited to the programme.

The Deputy High Commissioner said he planned to visit other key ministries to seek areas of cooperation between UK investors and the state.

Also in attendance were the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Iyabode Regina Obasa; the Director, Finance and Administration, Mrs. Ojosipe Ogundimu Jokotola; the Deputy High Commissioner, Mr. Peter Carter; and the UK Trade and Investment delegates led by Beverly Okoye.

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