President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Ministry of Power to work with Egypt’s government to ensure that the Presidential Power Initiative is implemented effectively.
The Siemens Project is the name of the presidential power initiative.
Mr Aaron Artimas, the Minister of Power’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, said in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday that the Minister, Mr Sale Mamman, revealed this while receiving the Egyptian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Ihab Awad, in his office.
According to the minister, President Buhari informed him that Egypt’s power sector had been successfully rehabilitated and restored thanks to Siemens’ collaboration.
“The President had reasoned that obtaining more information from Egypt will enable Nigeria to maximise our agreement with Siemens, towards the total overhaul of our power grid and distribution systems,” he said.
On the Egyptian Ambassador’s visit, Mamman said, was timely, and that the ministry would take advantage of it, not only for the Siemens Project, but also to collaborate with Egypt on renewable energy, which is desperately needed to supplement the national grid.
The minister accepted the Ambassador’s invitation to visit Egypt in order to gain a better understanding of the Egyptian power sector and to strengthen collaboration across the power value chain.
Ambassador Awad previously stated that since his arrival in Nigeria, he has been visiting key ministries in search of areas of mutual cooperation.
Egypt, he said, has a wealth of experience and technological expertise in the power sector and can assist Nigeria in rehabilitating its transmission and distribution systems.
Awad called for the Egyptian-Nigerian joint commission to be restored, saying he hopes to see the first session resumed before the end of the year.