When the Nigerian government recently entered into a business agreement with Germany, not a few Nigerians felt it was going to go the way of the October 27, 2007 energy partnership between both countries that were signed by Chancellor Merkel and Late President Yar’adua in Heilingendamm, Germany. Curiously, few days to the latest signage, a German firm, Nova Solar Power Company in union with another international finance cooperation and a Nigeria indigenous company had announced plans to begin the construction of a 125 megawatts, MW solar power plant in Kankia , a town in Katsina State. The solar plant would be constructed under the Public Private Partnership Agreement, PPPA, Assistant Director, Press, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Ibrahim Haruna said in a statement.

The news was released at the Nigeria- Germany energy partnership forum in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, which was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Power, Engr. Louis Edozien.

State Secretary, Federal Foreign Office, Germany, Stephan Steinlein told the participants that Nigeria and Germany needs to learn from each other on how to decarbonize their economies in the most efficient and cost effective way, emphasizing that Germany has decided to decarbonize its energy sources and has provided a stable investment framework for renewable energy in the country.

He restated his country’s commitment to help Nigeria solve the problem of energy shortage, reduce carbon emission and embrace renewable energy models. He said that such efforts will help the most populous African country to increase its power production in an emerging economy.

Let us not forget that renewable energy plants do not require any kind of logistics for fuel supply. It is therefore not surprising that the global capacity in renewables has more than doubled since the beginning of the millennium,” Steinlein said in Abuja.

That was also the position of the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to Germany, Uwe Back-Meyer who stated that with the support from GIZ, Nigeria has developed a dependable framework for investment in renewables and energy efficiency.

Edozien noted that the energy partnership between the two countries is yielding positive results, saying that it would assist Nigeria to tackle poverty and improve standard of life through employment generation. He assured that the All Progressives Congress-led federal government will continue to provide an enabling environment for investors in the energy sector with a focus to ensure the provision of uninterrupted power supply to Nigerians.

Folashade Olubayo
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