Power Nige­ria 2016

Event re­ceives ac­knowl­edge­ment as a hub to ac­cess Nige­ria’s grow­ing power sec­tor.

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Nige­ria’s most im­por­tant trade fair for the power sec­tor con­cluded last month at the Eko Ho­tel, La­gos, and once again proved that it is the go-to plat­form for in­dus­try play­ers to dis­cuss power poli­cies, chal­lenges and best prac­tices from some of the lead­ing com­pa­nies and speak­ers in the in­dus­try. With par­tic­i­pa­tion of over 85 global and re­gional power com­pa­nies, and a record break­ing 2681 busi­ness vis­i­tors, Power Nige­ria fuelled both busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties and a pos­i­tive out­look to­wards the in­dus­try. Dis­cussing growth of the in­dus­try and ideas to pave the path for de­vel­op­ment, Ba­batunde Fashola, Min­is­ter – Fed­eral Min­istry of Power, Works and Hous­ing, Nige­ria, said, “Now is the time to in­vest. The Nige­rian power sec­tor is a mar­ket that no ra­tio­nal in­vestor can ig­nore. We must be fo­cused and cau­tious, as the sec­tor is very sen­si­tive. There is no need for just prof­i­teers and in­flam­ma­tory talk. The grid is strong and we are look­ing at ex­pan­sion in the fu­ture.”

Power Nige­ria wit­nessed a vis­i­tor growth of 39 per cent this year, at­tract­ing in­dus­try ex­perts across all sec­tors who have high de­ci­sion mak­ing com­pe­tence. Com­ment­ing on the busi­ness prospects in Nige­ria, Mo­hamed Hos­seiny, Coun­try Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, ABB Nige­ria, said, “ABB be­lieves in the power sec­tor in Nige­ria. ABB can sup­port and play an im­por­tant role in tak­ing the power sec­tor to the next level in Nige­ria.”

Speak­ing of the op­por­tu­nity the event of­fers to com­pa­nies in Nige­ria, Roy Quartey-Pa­pafio, Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Reroy Group, said, “West Africa is a grow­ing mar­ket and we hope to add more value and ben­e­fits to our clients.” Wel­com­ing a high turnout of po­ten­tial cus­tomers at their stand, ex­hibitors on the show floor agreed that they ex­pect strong busi­ness in the com­ing months. Ji­ten­der Sachdeva, Group Pres­i­dent, Skip­per T&D said, ‘‘Skip­per has been in Nige­ria for the past 17 years. We have the largest trans­former re­pair fa­cil­ity in Africa which is now fur­ther aug­mented to trans­former man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity. We have a lot of con­fi­dence in Power Nige­ria. The au­di­ence is very spe­cific and tar­geted and the foot­fall is al­most dou­ble as com­pared to last year.’’ With a mind-set of bring­ing un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply to Nige­ria, vis­i­tors from across Nige­ria flocked to the event to wit­ness prod­uct launches, net­work with ex­ist­ing and po­ten­tial busi­ness part­ners, while in­ter­act­ing with key in­flu­encers in the sec­tor. Men­tion­ing the role of Power Nige­ria in bridg­ing the gap, Engr At­inuke Owolabi, MD/CEO, Wur­vi­cat In­ter­na­tional said, ‘‘I was able to get a lot of prod­ucts that I wanted but could not find eas­ily on the mar­ket. I look for­ward to at­tend­ing the event next year be­cause it is a re­ally great ini­tia­tive.” The next edi­tion of Power Nige­ria is to be held from 12-14 Septem­ber 2017 in La­gos, Nige­ria.

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