US Urges Nigeria to Strengthen Power Sector

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The outgoing US ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle, has advised Nigeria to strengthen its power sector to facilitate economic growth

Entwistle gave the advice while answering questions in Abuja recently, saying the US was doing a lot in the energy sector to help the “Power Africa’’ initiative of the Obama administration. He said; “We are doing a lot in the energy front, much of these are through President Obama’s Power Africa Initiative. Through that, we are trying to help Discos (Distribution companies) and Gencos (Generation companies) sort of privatise and get in business and so on”.

He also said that due to limitations arising from Nigeria’s frail national grid, which restricts electricity access to some rural communities, the Power Africa fund was focusing on solar energy, and highlighted some US companies providing cost-effective solar energy equipment.

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