Lagos Launches First-Ever ‘Energy Conservation Month’

C40 city Lagos has named October “Energy Conservation Month,” launching this first-of-its-kind initiative last month to raise awareness about energy usage.

The Lagos State Government’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, in cooperation with the Lagos State Electricity Board (LSEB), developed “Conserve Energy, Save Money” (CESM), a campaign that utilizes step-by-step, do-it-yourself instructions on energy efficiency and conservation improvements to save Lagos citizens money and make the city more energy efficient.

Speaking at a press conference to highlight the month-long series of energy awareness activities, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources Taofiq Tijani said that these initiatives underlined the commitment of the administration of Lagos Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) to provide a holistic solution to the perennial power problem that has inhibited socioeconomic development of Lagos State, and Nigeria as a whole.

“Our energy initiatives in Lagos State are a clear demonstration of an innovative approach to good governance and much more in bringing radical solutions to the epileptic power problem in Nigeria. We are delighted to be the first state in Nigeria to show leadership in novel power generation and power management solutions,” he said.

Energy Commissioner Tijani added that the formal commissioning of two state of the art Independent Power Plants (IPPs) in Lagos State were to be among the significant events taking place during the course of the month.

As a prelude to Energy Conservation Month, Governor Fashola and musician M.I held a Google Hangout (a free video chat service from Google) called “Let’s Talk Energy” to engage citizens on responsible ways to use energy. The September 27 Hangout, held on the Governor’s Google+ page, drew thousands of online participants.

M.I encouraged residents of Lagos to begin adopting an “energy conserving consciousness”, saying: “We can save so much money by practicing energy conservation. In addition to helping save money, energy conservation also helps preserve energy for future use, and protects the environment.”

Follow the Lagos Electricity Board on Twitter @lagosenergy or visit their website, www.lseb.gov.ng.

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