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Nigeria and South Africa partner to boost power supply

10 July 2014, 19:18

Abuja - The federal government has announced its preparedness to work with South Africa in order to boost power supply in Nigeria.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, disclosed this while receiving a South African delegation led by the former Premier of Kwazulu-Natal and Treasurer-General of the African National Congress, 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 Memoranda of Understanding signed when President Goodluck Jonathan visited South Africa in 2013.

The minister said issues of coal-to-power, gas-to-power, energy metering, exchange of technical personnel, capacity building, power sector road shows, exhibition and conferences were all captured in the agreements.

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.

Mkhize said the delegation’s visit was to explore collaborative areas in order to fulfill the content of the MoUs.

He stated that there were two developments in the South African energy sector that also informed the visit to Nigeria.

Mkhize said the Chief Executive Officer of Eskom, the dominant electricity company in South Africa, recently resigned, while a new minister was now in charge of the energy sector in the country.

“We are ready to work together with the Nigerian team in all areas identified. It is indeed a response to the huge demand for South Africa businessmen to build a long lasting relationship with Nigeria,” he said.


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