NSE: Allow us to help diversify electricity sources in Nigeria
22 September 2009
The president of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has offered the organisation's expertise and advice to the Nigerian government to help with the diversification and development of the country's energy sources.
Kashim Ali told the News Agency of Nigeria that power was on par with infrastructure when considering a nation's economic viability and that GDP growth would depend on increasing power capacity.
"We need to raise the level to 10,000 megawatts in 2010 [if] we want to be among the 20 economies of the world," he explained.
Mr Ali also stressed the need for diversification and looking into alternative and renewable energy sources, saying the technology was available.
Given the opportunity, the expert said, the NSE would be ready to contribute its expertise to the cause.
His comments on sustainable alternative energies echoed advice received this week by a Nigerian delegation in Brazil.
Representatives from the ministries of power, petroleum resources, foreign affairs and defence went to learn about the latter country's energy generating capacities, Nigerian paper This Day reported.