The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Power, Mr Godknows Igali, says 311 Investors have so far indicated interest in partnering with the ministry to boost electricity supply across the country.
Igali made this known when he spoke with State House correspondents after a meeting on the forthcoming International Energy Investorsâ€™ Forum, chaired by Vice-President Namadi Sambo.
He said the prospective investors had also indicated their interest to participate in the Investorsâ€™ Forum, slated to hold in Nigeria on Feb. 10
â€œWe have gone far with the process of planning and as you know we need to inject more funds into the power sector.
â€œWe need long-term concessionary funding so that we can maintain not only the integrity of the system, but add more value by way of upgrading and modernising some of the assets we have.
â€œIt is in that respect that government is bringing together international investors.
â€œIt is a conference where government is expected to work with the private sector to bring in private funds and facilitate access to funds for the private sector.
â€œThat is why all those involved, that is the ministry, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and the Bureau for Public Enterprises, came to brief the vice-president on preparations,â€™â€™ Igali said.
The permanent secretary said the Federal Government would at the event sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at improving the countryâ€™s power sector.
Igali, who acknowledged that the power sector was facing some challenges bordering on vandalism of gas pipelines, said efforts had been intensified to address the problems.
â€œWe are looking at these problems. Nigerians should just bear with us while we put the problems on the table and find permanent solutions to them.â€™