U.S. celebrates death of PHCN •Vows to help ensure regular power supply in Nigeria

Posted by News Express | 30 September 2013 | 4,644 times

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The death, today, of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), has been hailed by the United States of America as the beginning of the end of Nigeria’s power woes.

“The United States Government is proud to have contributed to this historic handover of power companies to the private sector and congratulates the Government of Nigeria (GON) on achieving a very important milestone in the liberalization of the power sector,” said U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Maria Brewer.  

She was speaking in response to the Presidential handover, today in Abuja, of the Licences and Share Certificates to the new owners of the PHCN successor generation and distribution companies. The ceremony marks the beginning of the transition period in which the new owners will work with the existing management of the successor companies to ensure a successful takeover and represents one of the first Power Africa successes.

Power Africa, a new U.S. Presidential Initiative to double access to power in sub-Saharan Africa, has supported this transfer of assets from the public to private sector. U.S. President Barack Obama, through Power Africa has committed to providing seven billion dollars over the next five years to support six African countries, including Nigeria. 

USAID Mission Director Michael Harvey said “the U.S. will continue to partner with Nigeria to advance a seamless transition from public to private sector management of the power sector to ensure that the Nigerian people have access to electricity.”

“The U.S. supports today’s achievement and encourages the GON to sustain progress in the sector by addressing such critical needs as adequate transmission, gas availability, and a cost reflective tariff,” says a statement by the U.S. Embassy in Abuja.

The statement made available to News Express by e-mail, says: “Power Africa brings to bear a wide range of U.S. tools to support investment in Africa’s energy sector, including policy and regulatory best practices, pre-feasibility support, capacity building, long-term financing, political insurance, guarantees, credit enhancements and technical assistance. Power Africa also provides coordinated support to help African partners expand their energy generation, transmission, and distribution capacity and access.”

Source: News Express

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