By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja
Nigeria has announced plans to partner with Egypt in the areas of technical support in the transmission and distribution of electricity, as well as renewable energy in Nigeria.
Minister of power, Abubakar Aliyu, confirmed this after a meeting with the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ihad Awad, at the headquarters of the federal ministry of power in Abuja.
In a statement issued after the meeting, the minister said the partnership would boost the development needs of both countries by improving electricity supply, including renewable energy in Nigeria and Egypt.
“The anticipated areas 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, smart-grid and the promotion of renewable energy system in the electricity sector both on-grid and off-grid,” the minister said.
He said the federal government was committed to seeing that Nigerians received efficient power supply.
He informed the meeting that the government signed a power project deal with Siemens AG, a German- based firm in 2019 and that the deal brought together Nigeria’s ministry of power, Bureau of Public Enterprises and Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.
Other participants in the deal, according to Aliyu, include the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and electricity distribution companies (Discos).