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Nigeria to partner Egypt to boost renewable power supply

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Nigeria has affirmed its committment to ensure that the country enjoy effective power supply as it seeks partnership with Egypt and others globally to boost electricity supply.

The country’s Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, who met with the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ihad Awad in Abuja in a bid to boost the development of electricity supply including renewable energy in Nigeria and Egypt, said Nigeria seeks technical support in transmission and distribution networks from Egypt.

Abubakar stated that the anticipated area of cooperation between Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Power may include; Provision of technical support in transmission and distribution networks existing into smart-grid, promotion of renewable energy system in the electricity sector both (On-grid and Off-grid).

He said that the government power project deal with Siemens AG, a Germany-based firm in 2019 remains on course.

According to him, the deal with Siemens seeks to deliver up to 25,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the National grid in phases. He also expressed the Federal Government’s desire for more of such partnership.

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Responding, the Egyptian Ambassador, Awad, said he foresees the manifestation of how Egypt and Nigeria will complement each other which will be demonstrated by the anticipated cooperation.

He acknowledged the federal government’s efforts to see improvement in the energy sector, stating that electricity is the engine of the development of any country.

Meanwhile, the permanent secretary of the ministry, Nebeolisa Anako, who represented the minister during the tripartite MoU with the two states, affirmed the commitment of the federal government to provide reliable Power Supply to unserved and underserved Communities in Rural and Peril Urban Areas of Nigeria.

He said the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Sokoto and Bauchi state governments, that the Federal Government will assist to make sure that the programme comes to reality, he stated this recently at the Conference Room of the Federal Ministry of Power, Maitama, Abuja.

He further stated that the Federal Government plans to install 5 Million Solar Home System (SHS) and Mini-Grid by which 250,000 jobs would be generated to impact over 25 Million beneficiaries across the states in Nigeria.

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