LASG set to improve public lighting across metropolis with smart led streetlights

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu is set to take another step in actualizing its vision for a Greater Lagos by replacing all streetlights in the State with smart LED lighting. The Streetlight Retrofit Project was unanimously approved by the Lagos State Executive Council in furtherance of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the administration. 

Making Lagos State a 21st Century Economy by leveraging private sector partnerships to accelerate infrastructure interventions is one of the key initiatives promoted in the agenda.

The Lagos State Government (represented by the Honorable Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources – Engr. Olalere Odusote) on the 31st of December 2020, executed a Streetlight Infrastructure Agreement with LEDCO Limited for the retrofit of existing conventional High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlight installations across the State to Smart Light Emitting Diode (“Smart LED”) lights (the “Streetlight Retrofit Project”).

One of the features of the LED lighting system is the use of significantly lower energy to produce the same amount of luminosity.  In the pilot phase of the project, it was determined that LED lighting resulted in a reduction of up to 60% of the operations and maintenance costs of streetlight infrastructure. 

A smart LED streetlight system is one of the enabling technologies for a Smart City; the intelligent nature of this street lighting system enables remote management of streetlight assets ensuring enhanced performance management (fewer breakdown complaints and shorter repair times).

As Lagos State evolves to a Smart City, the utilization of smart and energy efficient streetlights is vital in ensuring improved Government service delivery in areas of security of lives and property of Lagosians and environmental sustainability (reduction in Co2 emissions from reduced energy consumption of energy efficient luminaires) whilst also improving socio-economic activities in the State by enabling a functional 24-hour economy.

This Streetlight Retrofit Project underpins the Lagos State Government’s commitment to ensure full public lighting coverage across the State. The expected cost savings from the proposed retrofit in the medium to long term will be further utilized for the expansion of streetlight network across Lagos towards achieving full lighting coverage for all Class A and B roads as well as designated public spaces. 

L-R: Chief Executive Officer, LEDCO Limited, Mr. AbdulRahman Abiola-Odunowo; Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Abdul-Ahmed Mustapha; Africa Business Development Manager, LEDUK, Miss Fatima Abiola-Odunowo; Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Ms. Titilayo Shitta-Bey and the General Manager, Lagos State Electricity Board, Mr. Mukhtar Tijani, during the Streetlight Infrastructure Agreement (Streetlight Retrofit Project) between the Lagos Government and LEDCO Limited, at the Ministry’s Conference Room, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

LEDCo Limited is a Private Limited Liability Company duly incorporated under the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, formed by Low Energy Designs, UK, a leading Smart LED lights manufacturing and installation company with over 12 years of experience as a pioneer manufacturer of LED lighting in Europe and extensive LED engineering experience in the delivery of LED lighting across the world.

L-R: Chief Executive Officer, LEDCO Limited, Mr. AbdulRahman Abiola-Odunowo and Lagos State Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote, during the Streetlight Infrastructure Agreement (Streetlight Retrofit Project) between the Lagos Government and LEDCO Limited, at the Conference Room, Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Full implementation of the Streetlight Retrofit Project is expected to span six (6) months with estimated project completion timeline of June 2021. The project will be implemented under the close supervision and management of the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, through the Lagos State Electricity Board.

Present at the signing event were the Honourable Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote; Permanent Secretary of the Ministry; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice; General Manager, Lagos State Electricity Board; Chief Executive Officer, LEDCO Limited; Africa Business Development Manager, LEDUK as well as other representatives from the Lagos State Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources and Lagos State Electricity Board.

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