Nigeria, Egypt to Collaborate on Power Supply

 Nigeria, Egypt to Collaborate on Power Supply

The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, says that the Federal Government will look at areas where it can collaborate with the government of Egypt to boost power supply in the country.

Aliyu said this when the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Nigeria, Ihab Awad, visited him in Abuja on Tuesday.

“I am aware of the meeting you had with my predecessor, which led to a draft Memorandum of Understanding that was sent to us from the Ministry of Foreign affairs.

` And, the invitation extended to us by your government to visit Egypt.

`Your visit now is giving us an opportunity to reenergise this collaboration. You have mentioned how you have succeeded in solving the problem of power in Egypt.

“ Which is a very interesting development because as an ambassador to Nigeria you have been here for some time, you are aware how we are facing this issue in this country,” he said.

Aliyu said that the Federal Government would reactivate the collaboration between the two countries and also give a response on when a team from the ministry of power can visit Egypt.

He said that the ministry would discuss and set up a team that will come up with key points and areas the Federal Government can engage with the Government of Egypt.

According to him, the team will also see how a delegation from the ministry can find time to visit Egypt.

“You talked about the discussion which President Muhammadu Buhari had with Egypt President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, this is very important and that will help us.

“ President Muhammadu Buhari is very concerned with the issue of power so will not relent. We will meet to ensure you get some feedback from us, ”the minister said.

Earlier, Awad told the minister that he visited the ministry around April or May where consultation between the two governments took place in the area of collaboration between Nigeria and Egypt in the area of power generation.

He said that the collaboration was widely discussed, where special emphasis was placed on the potential and prospects that awaits the two countries to collaborate in the area of power generation.

“We also concluded that an MoU could provide the political, leading framework so that collaboration could be developed.

Ayomide Oyewole

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