Chinedu-Nebo-Minister-of-Power-300x200Minister of Power Prof. Chinedu Nebo has described the current 5,000megawatts electricity capacity as inadequate, saying Nigeria would need to generate 40 times that if it must end outages.

Nebo said this while receiving a South African trade and investment delegation led by the Deputy Minister for Trade and Investment, Ms. Elizabeth Thabethe alongside its High Commissioner to Nigeria Lulu Louis Mnguni at the Ministry of Power, Abuja.

According to a statement issued by the ministry’s Deputy Director, Press Timothy Oyedeji, Nebo said “Nigeria is eager to learn from South Africa as it has a robust per capital power supply status with 43million people and 40,000MW.”

Prof. Nebo tasked the delegation on investing in transmission, metering and even manufacturing of parts like circuit breakers, cables, power lines and switches as well as the renewable energy programme in the privatised power sector.

Also on the need to invest in coal-to-power, Nebo said, “We also want to explore our abundant coal reserves, South Africa can avail us with the knowledge of using clean coal technology.”

Earlier in her speech, Ms. Thabethe said her government’s priority is to develop infrastructure through partnership with other African countries, stressing that Nigeria as a strategic partner of South Africa will help fast track the realization of the Pan-African dream.


[Daily Trust]