President Jacob Zuma of South Africa has announced that his country was ready to assist Nigeria in numerous ways. One of such is in the area of power generation.
According to Zuma, he sees potential for greater bilateral engagements between both African nations
“Our experience in electricity generation can also be tapped into, to assist in Nigeria’s electricity generation, to name but a few. In this regard, South Africa’s solid minerals mining experience can contribute to solid minerals exploration in Nigeria”, he stated
Zuma charged both countries to collaborate by diversifying their economies to create employment as this will further improve the impact that Africa can have in the global economy and to reconfigure the terms of trade.
These he said includes “the diversification of the economy, namely electricity generation and supply, agriculture and agro-processing, tourism development including the hospitality sector, mining, banking, automotive industry, infrastructure development, aviation and the manufacturing industry.
“We must strive to bring the manufacturing plants closer to the sources of raw materials. South Africa and Nigeria can to a large extent, complement each other towards the achievement of this.”
President Zuma made these commitments, while addressing to a joint session of the Nigerian National Assembly in company of President Muhammadu Buhari earlier this week during his 2-day visit to Nigeria.
It might interest you to know that South Africa today generates over 45,000 Mega Watts of electricity, and are still on the drawing board planning on how to generate more power for consumption within its citizenry. While Nigeria is still battling on how to achieve a 5,000 MW.