Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
The Federal Government on Monday said Nigeria would overhaul its power grid and distribution systems through the Presidential Power Initiative, otherwise known as the Siemens Project.
In September 2020, the government explained that the project being handled by the German firm, Siemens, would expand Nigeria’s power grid capacity to 25,000 megawatts.
Nigeria’s power generation on the grid currently hovers between 4,000MW and 5,000MW.
Speaking in Abuja on Monday while hosting the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Ihab Awad, the Minister of Power, Sale Mamman, said his ministry had been directed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to collaborate with Egypt on the effective implementation of the Siemens deal.
Mamman said Egypt had successfully rehabilitated and restored its power sector through its collaboration with Siemens and that Nigeria would overhaul its grid through the deal with the German firm.
He was quoted in a statement as saying, “The President had reasoned that obtaining more information from Egypt would enable our country to maximise our agreement with Siemens towards the total overhaul of our power grid and distribution systems.”
In the statement, which was issued in Abuja by his media aide, Aaron Artimas, the minister assured his guest that the power ministry would leverage on the visit by the ambassador and his team.
He said the partnership would not only concern the Siemens project but would also touch on renewable energy, which was highly needed to supplement Nigeria’s electricity grid.
Mamman accepted the ambassador’s suggestion to visit Egypt for a better understanding of the Egyptian power sector and the deepening of collaboration in other sectors within the power value chain.
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