The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr. Bitrus Bako Nabasu says the Federal Government is poised to boost technical capacity in some focal MDA’s and develop small hydropower potential sites so as to achieve energy demand of the country.

Mr. Nabasu  disclosed this at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Seminar on the Construction and Management of Water Conservancy and Hydropower projects at the weekend in Abuja.

According to Mr. Nabasu, insufficient power generation had been the bane of the Nigerian economy, adding that the Federal Government is exploring different options including renewable energy to solve the problem.

He commended the Chinese government for training 61 Nigerians on the construction and management of water conservancy and hydropower project for small hydropower potential sites in the country.

 The training, he added, will equip participants with requisite knowledge and skills to boost Nigerian’s hydropower potentials for economic development.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chief Engineer of the International Center on Small Hydropower, Prof. Tan Qiangqing said that the Seminar is the first overseas training course that Chinese government holds in the field of hydropower development in Nigeria to meet the needs of Nigeria’s power sector.

He added that the seminar marked the beginning of the capacity cooperation between the government of China and Nigeria and promised to organize more successful and fruitful training course together with Nigerian government next year.

The Director-General of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Dr. Haruna Mohammed disclosed that many power projects are presently on-going but the country needs rapid, sustained and easily deplorable technologies that would produce maximum and responsive results. adding that this is the best reasons why small hydro power is one of the best options of power system infrastructure that we must pursue.

AbdulGaniyu Aminu

Head; Press and Public Relations Unit

 July 27, 2018