Lagos State Begins Production Of Transformers For Power Distribution
Oct 30, 2009 - In fulfillment of the promise it made early this year, the Lagos State Government has commenced the production of transformers in the State to boost the distribution of power especially in the rural communities.
During the presentation of the State’s 2009 Budget, the State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), hinted that the State Government has gone into joint venture partnership with Elsewedy Cables based in Egypt for the manufacture of Home Made Transformers promising that production would start later in the year.
The Governor was at the Factory site in Badagry recently during a working tour of the Local Government during which he also visited the company and got first hand information about the manufacture of the transformers.
Announcing the commencement of production Friday at a joint press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the Commissioner for Rural Development Prince Lanre Balogun, said in doing so the State has scored another first in the country in the field of power distribution.
According to the Commissioner who was accompanied by his Information and Strategy counterpart, Barrister Opeyemi Bamidele and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Shola Oworu, by this development, the difficulty of certifying imported transformers will now be a thing of the past.
Balogun said unlike the imported transformers the locally produced transformers are made of copper coil instead of aluminum and are of high standard with dry cell which requires little or no maintenance adding that they will be best suited for the rural communities in the State.
“The Governor took a bold step by inviting and partnering with Egypt-based Elsewedy Company to establish a factory in the state to produce transformers locally as well as train Nigerians to take over in the nearest future”, the Commissioner said.
The Commissioner who said the transformers are to be given free to communities on demand, however, stated that the State Government ceases to exercise any control over the transformers as soon as they are connected to the National Grid by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), adding that the Government is still talking with the Federal Government on the issue.
In her contribution, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Shola Oworu, said the company has already delivered 15 transformers to the Ministry of Rural Development, adding that the company will produce no less than 100 transformers by the end of this year.
The Special Adviser said the target is that the company will produce 100 transformers per month from next year adding that the target is expected to increase as the demands get higher.
On the level of commitment by the State Government in the venture, Mrs. Oworu explained that the contribution of the State is only in terms of land on which the factory is situated adding that the holding is slightly above five percent.
“It is a joint venture between the State Government and Elsewedy Cables of Egypt. But we are committed to provide the land and we have about 5 per cent holding in it”, the Special Adviser said adding that aside the transformers, the factory will also produce meters and poles for traffic light and street names.
She said the creation of employment for Nigerians within the factory and the possibility of handing over to them at the long run has also been taken care of as the Egyptians, who are technical experts, are less than 10 per cent of the work force.
Earlier in his introductory remarks, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy said by venturing into the manufacture of the transformers, the administration has demonstrated its capacity and courage to break new grounds adding, “As an administration we have refused to limit ourselves to only the things we are able to do”.
Also present at the briefing were the Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Strategy, Mr. Segun Ayobolu and his Rural Development counterpart, Hon. Paul Kalejaiye.
News men were later led to the Ministry of Rural Development premises where they inspected some samples of the Home Made Transformers.