FG Engages Omatek, Others to Tackle Power Crisis


The Federal Government has engaged Omatek Ventures Plc, the first firm to locally assemble computer cases in Nigeria, and other firms to tackle the nation’s power crisis, which would involve provision of 50KVA three-phase off-grid solar solution that enhance a 24/7 power supply

Part of the Federal Government, information gathered revealed, was to reduce electricity consumption by households, businesses and government by 85 per cent and boost industry consumption of power.

The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, who disclosed in in Lagos, that the idea behind reducing electricity consumption had to do with the need to diversify the Nigerian economy, “which relies on oil as the major source of foreign exchange earnings.”

Onu said: “The current administration is bent on leveraging Information and Communications Technology and Science and Technology as an enabler of economic development and to diversify the economy.

“The Federal Government is already working with the nation’s indigenous technology company, Omatek Ventures Plc, to achieve its target. The government has taken into consideration the need to empower indigenous technological companies and encourage the growth of science and technology in the country before choosing Omatek as a partner in the project.

“No nation has ever succeeded by not looking inward. Every great nation has looked inward to patronise its locally developed technological innovations and other products and as such, Nigeria is looking towards that direction as well towards encouraging patronage of locally developed products. The earlier we do this, the better for us.

“No nation has ever been truly great in the world without science and technology. Nigeria should aspire to be a truly great nation in technology in the world. What is lacking is that over the years, Nigeria has not paid adequate attention to technology,” he added.

The Group Managing Director of Omatek, Mrs. Florence Seriki, said that while power generation and distribution had been a major issue in the country, leveraging solar power solutions would play a significant role in dealing with the issue of power vacuum in the country.

Seriki stated that Omatek was ready to play a key role in the power provision for the country, however 50KVA three-phase off-grid solar solution inaugurated earlier in its factory would provide a 24/7 power supply.

She said with this, 85 per cent reduction in power consumption for factories, banks, telecoms firms, government and other organisations that require big solar power installations, while adding that its Lagos factory currently assembled locally the 12watts, 20 watts, 500 watts power solutions.


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