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UNIDO, NASENI forge collaboration to proffer renewable energy solutions, drive industrial development in Nigeria

German Companies Explore Partnerships to Advance Renewable Energy Solutions and Support the Production production agenda.

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In a bid to address energy poverty and catalyze industrial development in Nigeria, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is joining forces with the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI). The collaboration, discussed during a visit led by Mr. Adekunle Olusile, Deputy Head of UNIDO Nigeria Office, on Monday, October 11, 2023, aims to domesticate renewable energy solutions and accelerate the country’s industrial progress.

During the visit to NASENI’s management in Abuja, Olusile sought collaboration on behalf of UNIDO to facilitate partnerships between German companies, research institutions, and NASENI. The objective is to reduce energy waste and align with the government’s food production agenda.

NASENI’s Executive Vice Chairman and CEO, Mr. Khalil Suleiman Halilu, represented by Coordinating Director Mrs. Nonyem Onyechi, expressed gratitude for UNIDO’s outreach and highlighted NASENI’s role in driving Nigeria’s industrial development through technology transfer and domestication of capital goods.

In a presentation, Deputy Director of Engineering Infrastructure, Engr. Emmanuel Ajani, showcased NASENI’s interventions and innovations in renewable energy, agriculture, and industry. The delegation received insights into various technological products and machines produced by NASENI.

Michael Schmidt, Team Lead of UNIDO Investment and Technology Promotion Office (ITPO) Germany, described UNIDO’s role in mobilizing investments and technologies for sustainable industrial development. The visit to NASENI was positioned as a fact-finding exercise to explore collaboration opportunities between German companies and NASENI for the socio-economic development of Nigeria.

The delegation emphasized support for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s food production agenda, focusing on food processing, packaging, and addressing energy waste through biogas production and renewable energy solutions like solar PV and solar batteries.

Olusile highlighted Germany’s strength in the renewable sector and expressed interest in understanding Nigeria’s plan to increase its solar PV usage before 2030. To operationalize these aspirations, NASENI and UNIDO established a working group or committee to drive initiatives and engage potential partners. German companies, including Bloomhill Agroservices, (B)energy, Wilo Pumps, GEA, EMPO-NI, and University Weihenstephan Triesdorf, were among those represented at the meeting held in Abuja.

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