13th July, 2010
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has once again assured Nigerians that this Administration has the political will to provide adequate power supply to the nation.
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 State House, Tuesday.
â€œThe 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 wayâ€, he stated.
President Jonathan said the poor power situation in the country had militated against the growth of small and medium enterprises, which he described as â€œthe engine of growth of any nationâ€™s developmentâ€, and added that one of the consequences of insufficient power supply was high unemployment, especially among young Nigerians.
The President welcomed the proposal in the Nigeria-Germany 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 establishment, describing this 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 to enable Nigeria benefit from German technology, while Germany would invest in Nigeria â€™s vast natural resources.
He said 35 companies from Germany attended the meeting and emphasis was placed on how to fast-track power generation and supply in Nigeria,