EU, Germany, USAID launch forum to disuss Nigeria’s energy

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The European Union, EU, Germany, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), on Thursday launched a public-private forum to dialogue on Nigeria’s energy sector.

The platform, launched in Lagos, was aimed at promoting market developments on renewable energy, energy efficiency and rural electrification in Nigeria.

The Consul-General of Germany in Lagos, Michael Derus, said the platform would bring together stakeholders in the energy sector with a view to developing solutions for Nigeria’s energy problems.

Mr. Derus said the platform would also offer opportunities for local and international energy experts to share their experiences on how to resolve the various energy issues.

According to the envoy, the initiative was part of German government’s effort to support Nigeria in the development of energy solutions in the country.

“The Nigeria-German Energy Partnership (NGEP), established in 2008 and renewed in 2013, is a sound basis for cooperation in the field of energy generation and distribution,” he said.

“This platform will also support our previous efforts at encouraging Nigeria to begin to use renewable energy solutions in resolving the country’s energy crisis.

He said seminars were previously organised in four different issues of embedded energy, energy efficiency and biogas to enhance renewable energy solutions for Nigerians.

The Consul-General of Denmark in Lagos, Per Christensen, also expressed his country’s readiness to bring its expertise on wind power to support Nigeria to bring renewable energy investments into the country.

“Denmark is open for support to Nigeria, and she is looking for cooperation opportunities to contribute to the public-private dialogue aimed at developing Nigeria’s renewable energy needs,’’ he said. (NAN)

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