Lagos - The German government has pledged to boost Nigeria's power generation with an additional 500MW through solar energy initiatives in the next five years.
This follows the renewal of the energy partnership and extension of bilateral relations between the two countries.
The bilateral relations, which resulted from a memorandum of understanding in 2008, were extended to another five years.
The decision to renew the agreement was reached after a two-day meeting between the Federal Government and a delegation from Germany.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, who signed for Nigeria, said the extension became necessary after a careful review of the achievements of the cooperation in the last five years.
The leader of the German team, who is also Germany's State Secretary and Deputy Foreign Minister, Prof Harald Braun, said the partnership’s target was to generate power from solar energy alone within the period.
He noted that several areas had been identified for development, stressing that the partnership agreement had taken a holistic approach to power generation during the period.
“We have focused on renewables with large hydro rehabilitation and capacity support to Nigerians. We have the solar map of the country. The meeting had full content and we intend to generate 500MW of electricity from solar within the next five years,” he said.
Braun said the first set of projects carried out by the Germans had been completed. These include the grid connection to allow for evacuation and the Geregu extension.
Igali explained that the partnership involved a variety of projects with the dual objectives of arresting the severe power shortage in the country and contributing towards energy security for Germany.
The extension of the partnership comes amid crippling power shortages in the continent’s most populous country. Earlier this year, government reported 40 million people, a third of the population, had access to electricity.
– CAJ News