Power Nigeria Sponsorship is a Way of giving back to the country

Oge Obi

The 2018 Power Nigerian exhibition and conference that held at Landmark Centre, VI, Lagos between from September 25 to 27 was indeed a convergence of key players in the entire power value chain in the country. The three-day event which brought together a wide range of key stakeholders from power manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers and distributors, to thousands of visitors from across Nigeria,  neighbouring countries and other parts of the world, offered an participants and stakeholders the opportunity to deliberate on the latest trends in the industry, interact and learn about the investment potentials in the sector.

The 2018 edition of ‘Power Nigeria’ also welcomed some of the longest standing exhibitors such as Skipper Seil, Schneider Electric, among others. For these companies, their annual presence at the event is a testament to their strength and leadership in the sector. As industry experts, manufacturers and service providers converged to chart the way forward through the Power Nigeria Agenda, participants were also provided with free, educational CPD-credited sessions that was designed to improve their knowledge and skills.

The Exhibition Manager at Informa Group had earlier hinted that the establishment appreciates the importance of bringing the industry together every year to interact and see the potential the power generation investment will offer to participants.

Orient Energy Review (OER) in a chat with an Executive of the Skipper, Mr. Anietie Udoh, revealed that the company has come a long way as a global brand. He noted that the company has been around for 15 years, describing the Skipper Nigeria Limited experience in the country as being worthwhile; stressing that the business recorded growth and expansion, resulting in the establishment of a manufacturing plant in Ikorodu. Udoh told OER that Skipper was at the 2018 edition of Power Nigeria to showcase their latest range of industry products and services.

According to him, Skipper, in her 15 years of operating in Nigeria has remained committed to being part of the solutions for the nation’s power problems. Adding that the company has also allowed its growth and expansion to positively impact the country, by way of job creation, introduction of innovative products and services that best address the power need in the country.

He said, “Business has been good, we have also expanded our scope. At the initial stage when we came into Nigeria, it was mainly on the sales aspect of the business, but currently our business has expanded. We have ventured into EPC – Engineering, Procurement and Construction. We are also into power generation.

“At the moment, we have ventured into renewable energy. We are working with Kaduna and Taraba State governments in energizing their hospitals and street lighting through solar power.

Speaking further, Udoh attributed part of the strides Skipper has so far attained to the friendly environment Nigeria offers to investors, good policies and availability of skilled labour, among others; Adding that the company’s decision to be a major sponsor of the ‘Power Nigeria’ was just a way of giving back to the country.

He also stated that, the company in its support for the Nigeria’s Local Content Law, aimed at building the Nigeria’s economy, now carries out in-country manufacturing of its goods; Adding that the factory employs over 50 Nigerians.

“We have taken from the Nigerian government, what we want to do is to give back to the government and the people of Nigeria for opening their doors to us to invest in the country’s power sector. In our Ikorodu factory, we manufacture fibre cross arm. It is handled by our sister company – GTA and it employs over 50 Nigerians.

Speaking on the benefits of the annual event to the power sector, Udoh said, ‘Power Nigeria’ is a very fruitful event, because every year, it brings various players in the entire power value chain together in Nigeria. They come around to exhibit their products, network, gain more knowledge about the investment opportunities in the country. In fact, a lot companies find it convenient to invest in Nigeria. Before now, most companies only engage in sales of their goods but today we have many participating in-country production.

Udoh observed that despite the challenges faced by the nation’s power sector, that it has maintained a steady growth. “Government has invested a lot of money in the sector towards the attainment of stable power supply in the country. And I can say that power has improved tremendously than what it used to be in the past.”

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