The federal government has promised to work with the South African government in the development of the Nigerian power sector.
Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo stated this today in Abuja while receiving the South African delegation, led by Dr. Zwelini Mkhize, former Premier of Kwazulu-Natal.
Nebo said the federal government was committed to fulfilling the Memoradum of Understanding (MoU) between Nigeria and South Africa, signed by President Jonathan last year.
His words: “You could remember issues like coal-to-power, gas-to-power, energy metering, exchange of technical staff, capacity building, power sector road shows, exhibition and conferences were all captured in the MoU.
“It is on record that the South African metering company is one of the best in the world, we are ready to work together in all the areas identified as it is in the interest of both our countries to provide the necessary impetus that will have multiplier or geometric effects, not arithmetic effects on the continent of Africa,” he added.
Nebo said his Ministry is open to genuine ideas that will be of mutual benefits.
“We are concerned about local content; we must share technical and professional ideas in engineering and technical know-how, which will leapfrog us to meet the rest of the world. We must advance our mutual interests,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Mkhize, said his aim in exploring collaborative areas is to move forward the content of the MoU that was signed last year.
He said: “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.”