The Ecuadorian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Leopoldo Rovayo Verdesoto, has advised Nigeria to emulate his country in managing its power sector crisis.
The ambassador offered this advice during a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State yesterday. He said Ecuador was formerly held to ransom by a “Power Mafia”, who monopolised power production and distribution in the country. The monopoly has, however, been ended by the present Ecuadorian leadership. Within a short period, the country was able to construct eight power plants and is moving towards complete self-sufficiency through renewable energies, particularly hydroelectric power.
The monopoly has, however, been ended by the present Ecuadorian leadership. Within a short period, the country was able to construct eight power plants and is moving towards complete self-sufficiency through renewable energies, particularly hydroelectric power.
He pointed out that Nigeria is a country with huge resources and able manpower and that it is possible for her to place herself as one of the world’s leading economies.
“If Ecuador, a small country can make it, why not Nigeria?”
Verdesoto particularly noted that states like Kano were blessed with solid minerals which could not be processed locally, for economic development, without constant power supply, pointing out that the fact that expatriate companies export the minerals and process them abroad is not the best for the state and Nigeria at large.
He also stressed the need for collaboration with states like Kano, in the area of agriculture, saying his country has an Institute of Agriculture that can join hands with farmers and authorities in Nigeria for mutual gain. Ganduje told the ambassador that the state has several facilities for irrigation and would welcome foreign direct investment from Ecuador in not only agriculture but also hydro energy.
“We have land and sunshine that will facilitate private sector investment in solar energy development and we are agriculturally endowed, we are now the biggest producer of wheat in Nigeria,” The governor said.
He also said that the involvement of Ecuadorian investors in such critical sectors would strengthen Nigeria-Ecuador relations.