Nigeria partners South Africa to boost power supply

Energy Crisis Threatens the Western Power Grids10 July 2014, Abuja – The Federal Government on Wednesday announced its preparedness to work with South Africa in order to boost power supply in Nigeria.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, said this while receiving a South African delegation led by the former Premier of Kwazulu-Natal and Treasurer-General of the ANC, Dr. Zwelini Mkhize.

Nebo, who played host to the delegation at his office in Abuja, assured the team that Nigeria was committed to the various memorandum of understanding signed when President Goodluck Jonathan visited South Africa last year.

The minister, in a statement by the Federal Ministry of Power, said issues of coal-to-power, gas-to-power, energy metering, exchange of technical staff, capacity building, power sector road shows, exhibition and conferences were all captured in the MoU.

He said, “We are ready to work together in all the areas identified as it is in the interest of both countries to provide the necessary impetus that will have good effects in Africa, as our countries carry the load for the entire continent.”

“We are concerned about local content. We must share technical and professional ideas in engineering and technical know-how that will leapfrog us to meet the rest of the world. We must advance our mutual interests.”

Nebo recalled that during the Jonathan’s visit, at least nine other MoUs were signed.

Mkhize, in his address, said the delegation’s visit was to explore collaborative areas in order to fulfill the content of the MoU that was signed in his country last year.


– The Punch

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