The Lagos State Resilience Office (LASRO), in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources and the Global Network Partner, Resilience Cities Network (R-Cities), has organised a two-day Lagos Urban Power Design Sprint Workshop on renewable energy solutions.
Speaking at the event held on Wednesday, 17th and 18th of May, 2023 at Radisson Blu, Ikeja, Engr. (Mrs.) Sholabomi Shasore, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, said the programme was designed to explore the incentives, business models and partnership opportunities available for innovations in renewable energy development to strengthen local technical and manufacturing capacities.
She stated that the Global Green transition is significantly reshaping the future of many sectors across the world. With enormous potential for job creation, the renewables-driven energy transition is at the core of efforts aimed at achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Speaking further, Shasore stated that Lagos State Government is committed to this transition and ensuring universal access to clean, affordable and reliable energy in the State.
Dr. Folayinka Dania, the Lagos State Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), while welcoming participants at the workshop enthused that the opportunity would unlock innovation in renewable energy technology development with a focus on private sector involvement in strengthening the Lagos nascent manufacturing and technical capacity to support renewable energy uptake.
She noted that the forum was indeed meant to support Resilient Cities in sourcing, designing and preparing projects that deliver critical energy solutions for the urban poor and vulnerable populations.
The CRO noted further that identified renewable energy efforts for ensuring continued critical service provision to the public, including understanding and tackling the financial gap against them, is a sustainable option to aggressively improve the existing power supply capacity in the State.
According to her, the endeavour will meaningfully impart manufacturing and technological innovations within the State.
Dana Omran, Operational and Regional Director of the R-Cities Network, explained that Lagos State is focused on decarbonising the power system by the year 2050, by exploring opportunities to unlock local manufacturing sector renewable energy technology, and business and partnership models for entrepreneurs among others.
In her remarks, Funmilayo Asedeko, Ag. Managing Director, Consistent Energy Limited said the workshop has opened up opportunities to dissect and identify sustainable energy solutions through collaborations.
Adetunji Iromini of Solarcitric Technologies commended Lagos for the right initiatives around Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP).