Fashola Hands Over 12.45 MW IPP Powerplant For Iju And Adiyan Waterworks
…Says Lagos will surpass MDGs as another Maternal Centre is commissioned
Mar 4, 2010 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Thursday handed over the 12.45 MW capacity Independent Power Plant (IPP) that would facilitate the pumping of an additional 130 million gallon of water from the Iju and Adiyan waterworks to the supply stock of Lagos State.
According to Governor Fashola, who spoke at the Iju location of the powerplant, the Adiyan and Iju water works which has an installed capacity of 115million gallons of water daily but has been producing at only 39percent of installed capacity has increased to 85 percent.
He explained that in the last few weeks, since the test running started on the facility, many parts of the state like Victoria Island, Ikoyi, Yaba, Surulere and Iju are already reporting improved pressure of water as it is now running on four full turbines.
Governor Fashola added that the powerplant which is expected to operate for at least 20 hours daily will enable Lagos save 27percent of the cost of power source by shifting from diesel to gas which is about 591 million annually.
He said after the commissioning the second stage would be to ensure the effective management of pipeline rupture which is already being experienced in some areas, adding that some areas have not had water for over past seven years or more now have high pressure supply hence the inevitable ruptures.
Governor Fashola said while this was going on, the government was also working on the completion of 15 micro water works with a capacity to produce 2million gallons a day each as a way of supplementing the water supply stock.
He reiterated that out of the 15, work have been completed on eight with four already handed over to various communities across the State and another four ready for commissioning while eight are in various stages of completion.
Governor Fashola added that it is not only money that is being saved through the adoption of the new independent power plant, but the planet is also being saved as the environment is being preserved for coming generations.
Said he:: “We are at the peak of a challenged environment. Our planet is in peril. We should ask ourselves how have we used hydro micro carbon in the last 10 years. The dry season is getting hotter. Lagos and Abuja is getting hotter. Regions that have not experienced snow in the past are now experiencing very heavy snow”.
Governor Fashola added that with the coming on board of the new power plant, the state is intervening in how the planet behaves because gas is more environmental friendly and would also put forward Lagos as one of the States with best practices in the area of the environment.
Governor Fashola said the successful completion of the project is a confirmation that the cause of Nigeria and Lagos is not a lost cause because if the people apply themselves they can lead the world.
He emphasized that the project is more than a power project but the symbol of democracy and continuity recalling that when he was the Chief of Staff to former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he was part of the team that sought to find a permanent solution to the problems of Adiyan and Iju waterworks.
He informed that the State Government then toyed with several options including the World Bank funding option until the present administration found Oando Plc as a worthy development partner which in turn found Fidelity Bank as a willing collaborator for ensuring the successful completion of the project.
Governor Fashola said democracy represents a choice that must be protected because it represents the bedrock upon which the government can plan as well as make promises which can be measured over a four year period with the people expressing their confidence through the ballot box.
He said the other option is to choose an unstable government which would not know when it would go and therefore without any consistency of planning and endurance of implementation and continuity of personnel.
“Democracy remains the only roadmap that will take us out of poverty and the road map for posterity for black Africa”.
The Lagos State helmsman said the government has done its part of the deal by providing the power plant, asking the people to regularly pay their taxes and water rates promptly to ensure sustenance of the facilities.
Earlier in his address, the Group Chief Executive Officer of Oando Plc, MrWale Tinubu had commended Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) for the impressive performance which he has recorded in all sectors.
He said the Organised Private Sector is ready to partner with the Lagos State in all fields because it is the most vibrant State in the federation.
He added that for seven years, the company waited for the World Bank to come up with the needed funds to enable a kickstarting of the project, before Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) assumed office and acceded to the request of the company to seek partners to provide the needed funds.
Also speaking, the representative of the Managing Director of Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr Reginald Ihejiahi, Mr Patrick Nzekwe said Fidelity bank would be willing to partner with Lagos State and Oando Plc in future for similar facilities and even other projects because both are very credible names.
He said the bank would have wished that the project was of a bigger financial capacity
The Governor also on Thursday handed over another ultra modern Maternal and Child Care Centre in Ifako Ijaiye, revealing that so far a total of 9,391 patients made up of mothers and children have been attended to at the three MCCs since they were handed over.
Governor Fashola who spoke at Ifako Ijaiye while handing over the 100-Bed capacity specialist hospital promised that the State will surpass goals four which talks about reducing child maternal mortality and five on improving maternal health of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) before year 2015.
Said he: “We are not waiting for 2015. Work has already started, we will achieve and surpass 2015”.
He added that his party, the Action Congress is a party of ideas that believes that the MDGs should be the minimum of any party willing to form government adding that the Action Congress is providing a stabilization to the foul odour of mismanagement in the country.
The Governor said when he resumed duty, it was realized that the maternal mortality rate was high and unacceptable and resolved to do something about it, part of which was to take the Maternal Child Care Centres closer to the people.
He expressed his appreciation to the immediate past administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the founders of Lagos for providing the torch through facilties like Massey Street Children Hospital, Island Maternity and Ayinke House, adding that the present administration has moved the torch forward by providing the MCCs, expressing the hope that when the present set of leaders leave the stage the children would move beyond them.
He said about 960 people would be offered employment in the eight MCC being constructed by the administration across the state with three already completed and handed over.
Governor Fashola said Ifako-Ijaiye has become very pivotal in delivery of health care in Lagos State because it is the same Local Government where the State commenced the screening for hypertension and diabetes which has gone round the state with medical experts not only providing screening but recommending diet and lifestyle changes to the people.
He added that the people are already receiving quality attention at the various MCCs which have been handed over to the people in Ikorodu, Isolo and Ifako-Ijaiye, adding that it will not only bring the hospitals closer to the people but save them transportation cost.
In his welcome address, Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris said the people of Ifako Ijaiye are indeed very lucky to be the recipient of the MCC which boasts of specialized equipment to provide optimal patient care which is commensurate with international practice.
He added that the Maternal Care Centres would also serve as an additional referral centre to the primary health clinics.
Governor Fashola also inspected the level of work going on Iju Road which is undergoing dualisation.
He was accompanied on the trip by some members of the State Executive Council and the Chairman of Iju- Ifako LCDA, Mr Demola Doherty, was received at each venue by very appreciative members of the public comprising traditional rulers, community leaders and residents.