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Nigeria, Germany sign N3.5bn pact on renewable energy

Goodluck Jonathan

The Federal Government on Tuesday  in Abuja signed a 16.5m Euro (N3.5bn) pact with the German  Government  in the area of renewable energy and employment promotion in the country.

The Minister of National Planning Commission, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, signed on behalf of the Federal Government while Ms. Ute Heinbuch, the German Head of Division for the Central/Western Africa and Madagascar, signed on behalf of Germany. According to a statement from the commission, the agreement is in pursuance of the existing relationship between both countries since 1974 in the area of technical cooperation.

It added that the agreement would enable Germany provide the total amount to boost renewable energy in the country. Speaking during the signing ceremony, Usman said that the Federal Government would work closely with Germany to exploit the alternative means of energy that Germany had.

“We will be working closely with Germany to learn  from their experience in the area of alternative means of renewable energy,” he said. The minister also described the relationship between Nigeria and Germany as beneficial pointing out that  international organisations from Germany had performed creditably in the country.

Responding, Heinbuch said that Germany was ready to help Nigeria generate energy through alternative means. She also said that the bi- national commission with Nigeria would begin operation soon, adding that  the commission would enhance cooperation between the two countries.

From: Nigeria Alternative Energy

Source: http://www.nigeriaalternativeenergy.org/?p=445