Several gaps in energy generation and water conservation have been identified for low industrial activities, unemployment, urban and rural migration in Nigeria.

The Minister of Science and Technology. Dr.Ogbonna  Onu disclosed   this  at the weekend in Abuja while declaring open the 2018 training courses on construction  and management of water  conservation and hydro project by the People’s Republic China in Abuja .

The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Mr. Bitrus Nabasu said the training which is an initiative of the Government of the People’s Republic of China in collaboration with the Federal Ministries of Budget and National Planning and Science and Technology is aimed at enlightening core engineering staff of relevant Ministries and Agencies in construction and management of water conservancy and Hydropower projects.

Dr. Onu further said that the training will deepen their understanding of small hydropower (SHP) and enhance their capacities while also building a lasting cooperation and friendship between the governments and the peoples of China and Nigeria.

According to the Minister, “The Ministry in 2016 signed an MoU with the International Center for Small Hydropower (ICSHP) China in implementing its wasting assets of small hydropower plants survey in Nigeria project. The project will among others, create a synthesis of Reverse Engineering of latest Chinese Small hydropower technologies adaptable to Nigeria”.

“This will be applied in bringing back to life some moribund small hydropower plants spread all over the country. Small Hydropower Plant inclusion will also be introduced into some of the nation’s dam sites for electricity generation”, he added.

This collaboration is expected to boost the nation’s electricity generation, boost industrialization, create jobs and wealth. This will enable us conserve and strengthen foreign trade with its multiplier benefits to our national economy.

Dr. Onu called on all Nigerians to join hands to enable this administration succeed in the new direction it is seeking to take Nigeria through Science, technology and Innovation.

Earlier in the opening remarks, the Economic and Commercial Consular    of Chinses Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Zhao Linxang said that Nigeria has huge potential in hydropower, and how to properly make use of the potential is the issue.

Mr. Linxang further said that, the 2018 Seminar on Construction and Management of Water Conservancy and Hydropower for Nigeria, will focus on the power generation, especially hydropower generation.

He added that the training course is the first time Chinese government holds overseas hydropower   training course in Nigeria. adding that the Organizer, National Research Institute for Rural Electrification of Ministry of Water Resources, had rich experience in training.

In his speech, the managing director of International Center on Small Power (ICSHP) Mr. Fu Zilong said that the aims of the seminar is to improve capacity on hydropower development and management for Nigeria, promotion of local development resources as well as refurbishment of old power stations.

According to Mr Zilong “Chinese advanced technology and equipment will be promoted to “going global” for cooperation between Chinese enterprise and Nigerian government department as well as enterprises. The experience and lessons of China in this filed can be valuable for development in Nigeria”.

He added that the development of small hydro power as well a sustainable energy should be the key focus of power industry for Nigeria.

Edet E. Etuk

Assist Chief Information Officer

for Head: Press and Public Relations Unit

17th July, 2018