France to assist Nigeria on power sector training

Electricity23 september 2013, Abuja – Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo has commended France for its planned assistance on training and capacity building for power sector personnel through the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, NAPTIN.

Prof. Nebo who received the French Minister of External Trade, Nicole Bricq in Abuja, appreciated the planned assistance on capacity building and assured on the completing the Katsina Wind Farm project.

Bricq in her address disclosed that France is prepared to assist Nigeria in all critical areas that will increase power generation capacity, adding that, it will assist Nigeria in the development of vocational and technical co-operation that will benefit at least 10 million youth.

The French assistance on power related development projects will get participation from the French Development Agency, the European Union and private companies operating in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Nebo has disclosed a planned synergy between the ministry and the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to advance the nation’s power projects development.

Prof. Nebo in a statement issued by the ministry’s Deputy Director, Press, Mr Timothy Oyedeji, said the ministry is prepared to explore all avenues on funding power projects and would soon work out the proposed synergy with regulatory body.

The chairman of ICRC board, Senator Ken Nnamani, assured the ministry that the commission is prepared to work with the power ministry to fill all identified gaps.

“We are prepared to work out Public Private Participation (PPP) models that are seamless and on track. Our job at ICRC is to revitalize the synergy between us and the power ministry especially now that the sector is in transition,” he said.

– Daily Trust

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