Gboyega Akinsanmi
The Lagos State Government has disclosed its plan to issue a white paper on the social unrest that culminated in the death of the Managing Director of Lekki Worldwide Investment Limited, Mr. Tajudeen Disu.

The state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, yesterday disclosed the plan to issue white paper on the Lekki Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) while inaugurating a N600 million power project that connected 67 communities in Ibeju-Lekki to the national grid.

Disu was killed along with other individuals during a clash between Ibeju-Lekki villagers and mobile police officers in Okunraiye, a community in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area precisely on October 15, 2015.
But at the inauguration yesterday, the state governor expressed social unrest that led to the death of Disu and its effect on influx of investors, warning that any further disturbances would not be accepted.

According to him, the disturbances we had at the Lekki Free Trade Zone is not acceptable. We must cooperate with the government to bring development to the state. A government white-paper on the disturbances that occurred recently would be released

He thus urged the residents to cooperate with the government “to bring development to the state. Very soon, we will release a white-paper on the disturbances that occurred recently which led to the death of the company’s boss.”
On the power project, the governor disclosed that 34 communities in Badagry Local Government Areahad been in complete blackout for several years.

He noted that the Eko Electricity Distribution Company had commenced metering exercise of 10,000 houses daily aimed at ensuring that residents pays for power supply used.
Ambode stated that the issues of total darkness in the state were peculiar to the border communities in the state, saying: “As we inaugurate this project, we have discovered that the issue of total darkness is not peculiar to Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area alone.

“We have discovered that 34 communities in Badagry axis of the state, are without power supply. The issues of power supply with these communities are currently the being addressed. And I can assure you that before September, we would connect them to the National grid.”

Speaking on the reason for the state intervention on the power supply challenges in the 67 communities, the governor lamented that blackout had crippled the socio-economic activities in the axis.

He said the attention of the state government was drawn “to the challenges of the residents of the 68 communities last year. And from our investigation, we discovered that they had been in darkness for over five years due to the vandalisation of certain infrastructures in the communities.”

Ambode stated that in order to address the issue, the state commenced work on the project last October. In order to restore power supply to the communities, 33 KV high-tension lines were laid from the Ajah Sub-station to the Eleko junction.

“131.5 kilometers high-tension network was rehabilitated and 86 transformers were provided at a cost of N600 million. From Eleko junction, the power supply was distributed to the 68 communities. With this, we have demonstrated our intention to run an all inclusive government.

“While the community interventions were ongoing, we will also intensify our Street-lighting initiative because the vision is to light-up all roads in the state. Through this, we are re-affirming our commitment to the well-being of the residents of Lagos irrespective of their location,” Ambode added.

The governor noted that the state government intervention in the communities was one of the tripod on which the state light-up project was build on. Others were the Street-lighting initiative and light up Lagos advisory committee that was inaugurated December 10, 2015. The committee include Gencos, Discos and other stakeholders in the power sector of the state.