Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo has assured the South African government that Nigeria is committed to the execution of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by both countries for the development of the power sector.
Nebo who gave the assurance while receiving a delegation from South Africa led by Dr. Zwelini Mkhize, former Premier of Kwazulu-Natal and Treasurer General of the ANC, in Abuja said, Nigeria would honour its commitments.
He said issues like coal to power, gas to power, energy metering, exchange of technical staff, capacity building, power sector road shows, exhibition and conferences were all captured in the MoU.
Nebo stressed that a South African metering company is one of the best in the world, just as he identified some landmark achievement of South-Africa in the energy sector.
He said: “We are ready to work together in all the areas identified as it is in the interest of both countries to provide the necessary impetus that will have multiplier or geometric effects, not arithmetic effects on the continent of Africa, as our countries are carrying the load for the entire continent, hence much is expected from us”.
Nebo further assured that his Ministry is not only committed to, but opened to genuine ideas that will be mutually beneficial.
“We are concerned about local content we must share technical and professional ideas in engineering, technical know-how which will leapfrog us to meet the rest of the world. We must aance our mutual interests”.
On his part, Minister of State, Muhammed Wakil called for an interface between politics and good governance in the relationship between both countries
He reminded the South African delegation that as “leaders we are expected to work for our people, so nothing should be left to chances in the services of our fatherland”.
Earlier, Dr. Mkhize said his visit was to explore collaborative areas so as to move forward the content of the MoU that was signed in South Africa last year.
He said, there are two developments in the South Africa energy sector that informed his visit: “One is that the C.E.O of the Eskom (the monopoly electricity company) recently resigned, a second being that with President Zuma’s second tenure, a new Minister is now in charge of the energy sector, the need to fill these gaps cannot be over-emphasized.
“We are ready to work together with the Nigerian team in all areas identified. It is indeed a response to the huge demand for South Africa businessmen to build a long lasting relationship with Nigeria”.
Source : Daily Independent