Nigeria and US foster cooperation in energy sector

Oct 02, 2008 02:00 AM

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the United States of America have agreed to cooperate in the energy sector, especially in natural gas production. The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Renee Sanders and the Minister of State for Gas, Chief Emmanuel Odusian entered the agreement on behalf of their governments recently in Abuja.
Under the agreement, the US government will provide technical assistance in energy outlined in the government's master plan.

According to the US Embassy in Abuja, "under the US Mission Nigeria, this technical assistance will be provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the newly launched US Presidential initiative called the African Infrastructure Programme (AIP) for sub-Saharan Africa."
"AIP is part of a $ 200 mm five-year US Presidential African Global Competitiveness Initiative, which seeks to expand trade between Nigeria and the US and other trade partners, particularly in the energy sector," said the statement.

The statement also added that; "the US Government cooperation in this area will begin in October 2008 in conjunction with the World Bank, the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Ministry of Gas and the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation".
"US Government funded technical experts will collaborate with the Government of Nigeria to find practical market-based approaches to work with the private sector to reduce the level; of flared gas and further develop the gas sector".

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