The United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. James Entwistle, on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to create an enabling environment for big private companies to invest in the power sector, saying that is the solution to the challenges crippling the nation’s energy industry.

The U.S, according to the ambassador, identifies the private power players as the solution to the several challenges facing the country.

Entwistle spoke during a visit to the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr. Ogbonnaya Onu, in Abuja.

He advocated a stronger private sector participation in the energy industry.

Entwistle said his country has assisted Nigeria in nuclear energy programmes.

He said, “What we have done in nuclear energy in the past with Nigeria has been related to safety and we are very committed to increase the power sector through our Power Africa Programme. That comes with increasing generation through the private sector.”

Reacting to Onu’s request for technology transfer in the area of biotechnology, he stated, “the U.S would want to see what the minister has in mind specifically. Anything that he sends to us we shall look at it with great interest and see what is possible that can be done as fast as possible.

The envoy said it is important for Nigeria to collaborate with the U.S government and tap from their experience and technology and boost trade cooperation among African countries.

Onu said his ministry will explore the excellent working relationship with the U.S.

Source: Nation Newspaper

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