Energy and Mineral Resources
- Increase generation, transmission and distribution capacity to provide the adequate and sustainable power supply.
The Oyo State Government through the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has a working relationship with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) whereby the ministry has been able to facilitate projects into the State to aid electricity transmission and distribution. This ranges from provision of land, rights of way, community engagement and detailed designs of expansion plans in line with the state’s development.
- Achieve an optimal energy mix using the most appropriate technologies.
Different energy sources have been and are being deployed for different projects on a case by case basis: (i) there are over 25 solar-hybrid mini-grids ongoing in Oyo State, four of which are fully funded by the State Government; (ii) about 1,500 units of all-in-one standalone solar lights have been deployed by the Ministry; (iii) 21 Primary Healthcare Centres were beneficiaries of 10kw solar systems (iv) the Light-Up Oyo project is designed to utilise gas, grid and inverter storage backup (v) the Independent Power Project (IPP) is designed for 10MW gas and 1MW solar PV
- Access the potentials of the state renewable [energy] technologies.
The principal source of renewable energy in the state is solar- this has been harnessed by encouraging investment in the state for renewable companies. For example, NEXGEN Ltd and Havenhill Synergy Ltd respectively opened a headquarters and project office in Ibadan because of the opportunities offered and disposition of the administration towards renewable technology.
However, innovation is not limited only to renewables as the Ministry’s focus has been rapid growth and industrialisation; Shell Nigeria Gas has agreed to set up gas infrastructure in the state which has the potential to dramatically change the job and development market in the state. Gas being readily available in Nigeria and a relatively green source of energy.
- Employ appropriate renewable energy technologies policy for sustainable development.
The Oyo State Government’s sustainability and renewable policies have resulted in the provision energy to rural communities that are not connected to the national grid and have not had electricity supply. The government funded 4 of the 25 solar-hybrid mini-grid projects in the following communities: Otefon in Atiba Local Government Area; Agbaruru in Iwajowa Local Government Area, Ajia in Ona Ara Local Government Area and Arowomole in Ogbomoso South Local Government Area. The remaining 21 projects are funded by private organisations.
- Facilitate renewable energy research with established energy research centres.
Meetings and consultations have been held with the Federal Rural Electrification Agency and the Centre for Petroleum Energy Economics and Law (CPEEL), University of Ibadan.
- Facilitate independent power producers to invest in Oyo State.
Elektron Energy & Mining broke ground on an 11MW gas and solar IPP in December 2021; the project is expected to be completed in 2022.
Environment and Natural Resources
- Legislation, regulations and standards for water supply and sanitation.
The draft Water Bill is ready for submission to the Oyo State Executive Council.
- Reform of the water supply and sanitation sector to attain and maintain internationally acceptable standards.
Achieved by the second year in office.
- Revitalisation of the 12 water schemes in the four zones of Ibadan (3), Oyo (2), Ogbomoso (3) and Saki (4). A programme of ensuring and sustaining the necessary inputs and maintenance to ensure stable and regular supply of water will be executed. Additional schemes will be provided.
The revitalisation of the existing 14 water schemes across the state is ongoing.
The Federal Government installed a solar power system to power Saki Water Supply scheme and the project is operational.
- Increase service coverage for water supply and sanitation state-wide to meet the level of the socio-economic demand of the state.
The Oyo State Government consolidated on the achievements of previous year by ensuring water supply infrastructures are adequately maintained and thus sustaining provision of potable water across the state. In the past year, the government has rehabilitated moribund water supply infrastructure across the state such as Bodija and Mokola Booster Stations, Atori and Ago Amodu Water supply.
Also, by the second year in office, the state government had keyed into the National Action Plan for revitalization of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector whose objective is to ensure that every Nigerian has access to sustainable and safely managed WASH services by 2030 in line with SDG 6.1 and 6.2. The government paid a counterpart fund of N800 million.
- Ensure affordability of water supply and sanitation service for the citizens.
The state government is working with the Federal Government through its National Wash Fund at achieving national targets for universal access to water supply, sanitation and hygiene. Under the Partnership for Expanded Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (PEWASH), 39 solar-powered boreholes are being installed in 13 local government areas of Oyo State. 5 of these boreholes have been completed and are operational while 34 are ongoing.
The Oyo State Government is also constructing public toilets in urban cities aimed at ending open defecation by 2025 in line with UN SDG 6.2.
- Ensure good water quality standards are maintained by water supply undertakings.
To satisfy the National Standard for Drinking Water, the Oyo State Government in the past one year, has ensured that the Oyo State Water Corporation is provided with treatment chemicals such as alum for clarification of turbid water from source, hydrated lime for pH correction and chlorine to disinfect the water and make it wholesome.
- Monitor the performance of the sector for sound policy adjustment and development for water supply and sanitation.
A department in the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources is responsible for monitoring and evaluation of all operational and commercial activities using numerous quality metrics including feedback from consumers.