… Nigerians Deserve Better Energy Service
The ambassador of Norway, Jens-Petter Kjemprud, said Norway can much more with Nigeria in the energy sector to strengthening Nigerians and the manufacturing industry’s access to electricity.
Ambassador Kjemprud made this known at the mission’s commemoration of the Norwegian National Day in Abuja, yesterday.
Dating Norway’s initial trading with Nigeria to the 1880-1890’s with Norway’s importation of stockfish to the protectorates, Kjemprud said relations between both countries have progressed in the last ten to twenty years to engender 60 Norwegian companies operate in Nigeria.
These companies, he said are engaged in the oil and gas, subsidy, offshore, shipping and renewable energy sector.
However, Ambassador Kjemprud said Norway can do more with Nigeria in providing her teeming populace and the manufacturing sector the much-needed electricity it deserves.
“Norway produces about 26, 000mw of power for 5m people. Nigeria on a good day produces 3600mw for over 200m people. So, the need to do something with the energy sector is what we are trying to convince the government, and to see how we can pursue the strengthening of Nigeria’s energy sector. The people of Nigeria needs more. You know how people only have electricity for a few hours and then it shuts down. There is no trust in the energy system, and that trust needs to be created,” said Kjemprud.
Emphasizing Norway’s strength in the hydropower since about 99 per cent of the country’s electricity is hydro-powered, Kjemprud said Norwegians have ultimate experience in developing hydropower sector. More, he said can be done to broaden the untapped potential of Nigeria’s hydropower sector. “We believe we have something to offer Nigerian and Nigerian companies and the Ministry of Power, to work not only with Norway but with trans-cooperation to develop that sector. There is also the possibility of solar power and other forms of renewable energy. Nigeria has to move into that change as soon as possible.”
He further noted that Nigeria can cooperate with Norway to improve and modernize its fishing industry which produces just one third of its seafood demand. “There Is huge potential in agro sector and if there are fish farms all over the country, that can ease our import yield substantially and that is extremely important for the diversification of Nigeria’s economy,” added Kjemprud.
Kjemprud said the embassy is constantly on the look out for areas of cooperation with the Nigeria’s Chamber of Commerce.
He further observed that there are increased business relations between Nigeria entrepreneurs and Norwegian companies in Norway. These relations, he said had culminated in contracting of a trilateral deal among a Nigerian, Singaporean and Norwegian companies.
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