Lagos—Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State yesterday played host to the British Minister of State for Foreign Commonwealth Affairs and DFID, Mr. Grant Shapps and the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Ray Kyles, where he expressed the readiness of the state to explore the opportunities for partnership in the area of power supply.
Governor Ambode, who spoke at the Lagos House, lauded the intervention of the UK DFID through solar related energy in the state, expressing optimism that it would prove a viable energy alternative to more rural areas in the state.
He also reiterated his administration’s commitment to partner with willing investors to take power supply to communities in need of it.
Governor Ambode lauded the long-standing partnership with the UK DFID, which he said has been beneficial to the state in recent times, just as he assured that his administration will sustain the relationship.
“I am also one of the partakers of the programmes that DFID put together in the course of my earlier career.
”I just want to say that they have brought so many reforms and changes to Lagos state that we have partaken in.”
Earlier, Mr. Shapps expressed excitement at the visit, noting that the economic possibilities that abound in the state coupled with its population make it one to reckon with.
He said: “There are a lot of exciting opportunities and that is why I’m so pleased to be with you and to make use of these opportunities.”