FG Seeks Polish Support On Power Sector Transformation

The federal government has asked the Polish government to support it with expertise especially in the area of transmission as the existing lines in the country are old and weak.

While soliciting their support to develop the nation’s evacuation of power capacities, Minister of Power, Professor Chinedu Nebo, told the visiting Polish delegation led by Pan Jan Bielecki that Nigeria is excited by the dramatic transformation of the Polish society, which has moved from an unknown country under the Soviet Union to become an economic grant in Central Europe.

According to Nebo, available statistic has attested to the fact that the Polish economy ranked 25th in the world and fast approaching the 15th position in the most recent survey.

He listed the problem areas in the power sector where help is required to include capacity building and provision of super grid to rural communities through engagement of Polish entities to build small power holdings that would provide electricity to the rural populace.

“We can really begin to forge a linkage with your technical universities; we need to develop a versatile capacity in the power sector.? We also have opportunities for polish manufacturers and investors to come in either as Independent Power Producers (IPP) or in partnership,” Nebo said.

He said Nigeria is also interested in exploring Polish assistance in metering in conjunction with our regulatory body, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

“We are poised to take prompt action, so that all these proposals are turned into concrete outcomes.? We want to get the best mileage from this partnership, so as to take the power sector to the next level”, Nebo stated.

Earlier, the Chairman, Economic Council of the Polish Government and the leader of the delegation, Pan Jan Bielecki, noted some potential projects in the sector that are attractive to the Polish delegation.