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Britain understudying areas to assist Nigeria power sector, visits Fashola

As part of fresh moves to assist Nigeria survive the intractable power crisis, British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright, has assured that the British Government would support power sector reform in Nigeria.

Explaining his mission after a working visit to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, he said the visit was to identify areas of collaboration in power sector infrastructure development.

According to him, “the idea was to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda on diversification, adding that no meaningful progress could be made without effective power sector”.

He assured that arrangement is ongoing for some British companies to take advantage of the opportunities available in Nigeria’s power sector.

“We discussed issues of rural electrification at the meeting with a view to using UK expertise in solar energy to address rural electrification problem in the country.

“However, getting transmission line through hundreds of miles to rural communities is not really feasible, so our discussion centred on the use of solar energy for such communities” Arkwright said.