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Nigeria & China reach Agreement to Scale Up the Production of Transformers, Solar Panels in the Country



Based on a 2013 agreement between Nigeria and China, the Federal Government has partnered with the Asian country to ensure plans to scale up the local manufacture of power transformers and solar panels in the country is achieved.

Punch Nigeria reports that a delegation comprising members of the National Assembly and officials of the National Agency For Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) had just returned from China in connection with the project.

According to statements made by the Executive Vice Chairman, NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna in Abuja on Friday, he said the agency had commenced production of transformers but was not producing in commercial quantities.

He added that his visit to China was in connection with setting up of high voltage testing laboratory as well as the production of solar panels in Nigeria to boost local capacity in collaboration with China Great Wall Industry Corporation.

Haruna said that NASENI currently produces solar panels and modules in Karshi, Abuja on a small scale and hopes the partnership with China will increase its production capacity.

He pointed out that the long-term plan after the manufacturing is to export them to other African countries.


  1. tunmi

    July 1, 2017 at 1:23 am

    This is good news.

    • fleur

      July 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Before I celebrate, will it be Chinese companies producing the solar panels locally or will it be Chinese/Nigerian joint ventures?

  2. nnenne

    July 1, 2017 at 3:10 am

    So. Ashamed of my country.
    Nigeria cannot produce solar panels by themselves?
    With all the manpower we have?
    Sorry, I forgot quota system! !
    Least some regions will outshine the others.

  3. Hans Solo

    July 1, 2017 at 4:08 am

    I hope we also have a working regulatory regime in place to ensure high standards and quality compliance. Solar panels available in Germany (I live in Germany) are manufactured in/imported from China ACCORDING TO SET GERMAN STANDARDS. I don’t want to beat the gun, but I will wager the ones they will produce in Nigeria, given our lax regulatory enforcement regimes/official graft, will either have a shorter lifespan at best or malfunction outright as you turn on the equipment. This is not sarcasm: this is being factual.

  4. prec

    July 1, 2017 at 6:10 am

    China will own Nigeria pretty soon, very, very soon. SMH.

    • Agu

      July 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm

      I will rather prefer Nigeria dealing with China than any western country like America or Uk. China will not own us the are honest with there intentions. the just want oil the dont hide that fact.

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