By Johnbosco Agbakwuru, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, to establish a world-class transformer manufacturing plant in Nigeria in partnership with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) to accelerate stable power supply in the country.

NASENI’s Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Professor Mohammad Haruna, made this known to State House correspondents after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Friday.

prof. Haruna said his meeting with the president was to brief him on the agency’s third-quarter reports from July to September 2022, with a focus on its operations and finances.

The NASENI boss said that the project to establish a transformer factory in the country was delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic in China, adding that President Buhari, who is also the chairman of the board of directors of the agency, would like the wants to see output from this product, its impact on power availability, “because our power supply will never be stable until we produce some components locally, including transformer”

He said that upon establishment, the plant would produce between 6.5 and 10 megawatt transformers of all sizes and different capacities to meet local requirements and Nigerian standards.

“And the next question about the NASENI budget and IGR for 2023. The NASENI funding came from February 2022. And then our impact started to be felt, even if it is uncertain.

“Yes, we generate revenue. Our solar power plant is a public limited company of the government, is revenue for the government and other activities such as the production of laboratory equipment for secondary schools and tertiary institutions.”

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