– Nigeria will work closely with China for the production of Nigerian-made transformers by 2020
– The disclosure was made on Thursday, October 17, by the executive vice chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, Engr Mohammed Haruna
– Haruna says 60 Nigerian engineers and technicians are currently undergoing training in China to gain knowledge on transformer technology, production, installation, and maintenance
The executive vice chairman of the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI), Engr Mohammed Haruna, has said that Nigeria will work closely with China for the production of Nigerian-made transformers by 2020.
Haruna, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, said that the aim of the partnership is to put an end to the power supply challenge in the country.
Legit.ng gathers that Haruan said that the partnership with the Chinese government will witness the setting up of a factory in Nigeria for the production of transformers which will begin in 2020.
He said that on that score, NASENI would look forward to launching made-in-Nigeria transformers soon.
Haruna said that the partnership would see more than 307.5 million dollars used to implement three main projects critical to addressing Nigeria’s power needs, namely: electric power transformer production as well as the establishment of both a High Voltage Testing Laboratory and the setting up of Solar cell Production Facility (phase one and phase 2.).
According to him, 60 Nigerian engineers and technicians are currently undergoing training in China to gain knowledge on transformer technology, production, installation, and maintenance.
He said: “Let me first of all express gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari, our chairman, and his government for supporting us, and for giving us the go-ahead to explore means that the country can profit from in its power predicament.
“We are also grateful for the belief of government that for sustainable power supply in the country, the nation should be producing some components and pieces of equipment, as well as some machines needed in the power sector.
“When we started in 2010, we went to China as a result of the open door and collaborative policy of the Chinese government, which introduced the Chinese African Development Fund (CADFund).
“We started applying and followed the process for the approval under the former government of President Goodluck Jonathan who signed the agreement.
“It was ratified, signed, and approved for continuation by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The agreement is to ensure that Nigeria is able to produce world-class power distribution transformers.