West Africa strategises for steady electricity

Representatives of West African countries will next week converge in Lagos to design a workable blueprint for steady power supply in the sub-region.

Mr Oti Ukpai, Chief Executive Officer of Flintpostures, the organiser of the meeting, said on Saturday in Lagos at a Roundtable with journalists to announce the 2nd West Africa Power Summit (WAPS).

The theme of the summit is “Developing Sustainable Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution Networks for West Africa’’.

Ukpai said the summit would bring together experts and stakeholders in the power sector from Ghana, Republic of Benin, Nigeria and other West African countries.

“Power supply in Nigeria and other West African countries is by the day becoming un-encouraging to us as individuals, private and public organisations.

“We really want to see development in Nigeria and other West African countries, and the best way to do this is to come together in ensuring linked steady power supply in the sub-region.

“This summit will bring together governments, private investors, businesses and citizens from the region.

“The aim is place our region on a sustainable and prosperous path by removing obstacles that have continued to impede steady power supply in our countries,’’ he said.

Ukpai said that speakers and discussants were selected to deliberate on the urgent need for the region to focus on rural electrification and alternative and renewable energy sources.

He expressed optimism that the provision and access to steady power supply would not only promote socioeconomic development, but would easily link the region with the rest of the world.

The Flintpostures chief said the summit was jointly being organised by Power for All, Council for Renewable Energy, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and other energy organisations.

He said that his organisation, Flintpostures, was committed to creating the right platforms for connecting leaders, investors and policy makers for the development of African countries.

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