The Federal Government of Nigeria signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese TBEA Co to build transmission lines and substations in Nigeria to keep up with the growing energy demand.

The Nigerian government was represented by the Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, who signed the MoU in Abuja, Ventures Africa reported.

Wakil stated that after infrastructure developments, continuous support is crucial to drive development of the sector, urging the TBEA to fulfil their earlier promise of developing a transformer manufacturing facility in Nigeria.

In addition, Wakil highlighted the necessity for the Chinese firm to stimulate local job creation and capacity building.

Nigeria has a population of 174 million and growing, with a generation capacity below 6 000MW. Local businesses are forced to generate their own power which generally involves high costs and heavy fuel. Infrastructure improvements will contribute to the overall power system, enabling a solid foundation on which to continue building.