UK supports Nigeria’s energy forum

Yemi Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

The 2016 Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF 2016) aims to facilitate increased energy access, strengthen energy capacity building initiatives and attract direct foreign investment to Nigeria’s electricity sector. The Forum will hold from 12th to 13th April, at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria.

The UK Minister for International Development, Nick Hurd, has confirmed attendance and will be making a presentation titled ‘Sustainable Energy in Africa – Rising to the Challenge’ at the event. The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has been invited to be the Chief Host of the forum and to formally open the event with a keynote speech titled ‘S0ustainable Energy for All Nigerians – Grand Challenges, Big Opportunities’ on 12th April 2016.

On Tuesday, 26th January 2016, the Acting Nigeria High Commissioner in the UK, His Excellency, Adah Simon Ogah, formally hosted the NEF 2016 UK Team during an official visit to the High Commission, London UK. Mr. Ogah endorsed the NEF 2016 goals towards sustainable development of Nigeria’s electricity sector. A flag-off event, hosted by the Nigeria High Commission UK, will be held in London on April 6, 2016. Pictures from the official visit to the Nigeria High Commission UK are shown below.

The organisers said that the two day event will address the grand challenges and big opportunities for sustainable energy development in Nigeria.

Some distinguished speakers, who have confirmed participation in the Energy Forum include: Prof. Eli Jidere Bala (DG, Energy Commission of Nigeria); Prof. Henry Louie (Seattle University, USA); Prof. Akin Iwayemi (University of Ibadan, Nigeria); Dr. Dharshana Muthumini (Managing Director, Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, Canada); Dr. Jamil Gwamna (MD/CEO, Kano Disco); Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (Senior Partner, Olisa Agbakoba Legal); Baldeh Batchi (Power Director, Africa Finance Corporation); Nasir Gi wa (Country Manager, Siemens Power and Gas), Mohammed Mijindadi (MD, GE Gas Power Systems).

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