Oyo State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Finnish Consortium to establish an Energy Innovation Centre for Excellence in the state.
The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the Nigerian-American Business Forum holding in Tampa, Florida, United States, which was attended by a state delegation led by Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, according to a statement.
The Oyo State Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Mr Temilolu Ashamu, who signed the MoU on behalf of the state government, said the signing was another step in the process to make the state the hub for energy and mineral resources.
He said, “This MoU is another step in the process, which began in September 2019, to make Oyo State the hub for energy and mineral resources in the region.
“We also held meetings with Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Finnish renewable energy businesses, who wish to establish presence in the state and other stakeholders in the collaborative process.”
He said the governor’s agenda, as stated in the Oyo State Roadmap for Accelerated Development 2019-2023, was clear about creating the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources.
“It was clearly stated that the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources’ mandate includes facilitating renewable energy research and development by establishing centres to develop the energy and mineral resources ecosystem,” Ashamu added.