We ?ve political will to provide power ?Jonathan
From JULIANA TAIWO, Abuja
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan has assured Nigerians of his administration?s political will to provide adequate power supply to the country. The President was speaking to a delegation of the Nigeria-German Energy Partnership, led by Dr. Peter Ammon, State Secretary, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the state house, yesterday.
?The political will to do what is right, to provide power to Nigerians is there. We meet weekly to tackle any obstacles that may be on the way.? he stated.
Jonathan said the poor power situation in the country had militated against the growth of small and medium scale enterprises, which he described as ?the engine of growth of any nation?s development.? He added that one of the consequences of insufficient power supply was the high rate of unemployment, especially among young Nigerians.
The President welcomed the proposal in the Nigeria-German Energy Partnership Action Plan to set up a coal-fired power plant in Gombe, adding that this would enable diversification in the national power mix.
He commended the partnership for holding its fifth meeting after just two years of the establishment, describing it as a strong indication of the seriousness and focus of the Partnership.
Earlier, Mr. Peter Ammon, State Secretary, German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had presented the Action Plan of the 5th Meeting of the Partnership to President Jonathan, assuring him that agreements had been reached on steps that would enable Nigeria to benefit from German technology, while Germany would invest in Nigeria?s vast natural resources.
He said 35 companies from Germany attended the meeting and emphasis was placed on how to fast-track electricity generation and supply in Nigeria.