By Dipo Olowookere
EnergyNet has partner with the National Council on Power (NACOP) for the closed government roundtable taking place in Jos, Plateau State this month, hosted by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.
Following the roundtable, The Federal Ministry of Power will follow up with investors at the annual ‘Powering Africa: Nigeria’ Investors Summit one week later on the next phase of Nigeria’s energy strategy, with a particular focus on progress on the Power Sector Recovery Program (PSRP) and its implementation strategy; and the Investment Guidelines for Power.
“Hon. Minister Fashola, the Permanent Secretary of Power, Mr Louis Edozien, Distinguished Senator Abaribe, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power, Honourable Asuquo, Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Power and Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency are personally committed to boosting stable power to galvanise Nigeria’s industrial and economic growth, which cannot happen without private sector engagement. From this perspective we’re excited to hear the outcomes of the closed round table in Jos.
“I’m also delighted that Mrs Damilola Ogunbiyi, Managing Director of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) who is driving a private sector based strategy to reduce barriers to participation in Nigeria’s energy sector will join us to launch and discuss the Nigeria Energy Database (NED).
“With very solid programmes and announcements being made, I’m excited to be back in Abuja for the meeting in three weeks and to be a part of the government round table in Jos,” says Valeria Aruffo, Regional Manager, EnergyNet.
Mrs Ogunbiyi commented on the NED, saying, “The Nigerian Energy Database (NED) is an initiative of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), which seeks to provide vital energy/ community/ grid data and encourage transparency in the Nigerian energy industry, by creating a central home for energy statistics and community data collected by government agencies, donors and private entities. It is hoped that easily accessible data will reduce the barriers to entry in the Nigerian energy space”.
With the official support of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, ECOWAS, REA, TCN, NAPTIN and USTDA, it is important to note that the ‘Powering Africa: Nigeria’ Investors Summit is not an exhibition, but rather a gathering of 300 cornerstone investors and public sector decision makers, focused on the business of getting deals moving forward by openly addressing investor confidence, bottlenecks and fluidity in the market.
The Powering Africa, Nigeria event holds October 4 to 6, 2017 at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja.
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