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13.02.2007 General News

Ghana Seeks Energy From Nigeria

By Times
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President J.A. Kufuor goes to Benin on Tuesday, for the inauguration of an energy interconnectivity project from Nigeria to Benin and Togo.

The energy project is the result of an agreement between Nigeria on one hand, and Benin and Togo on the other for the supply of 80 megawatts of power to the two countries.

Andrew Awuni, Press Secretary, said in a statement said that President Kufuor's presence at the inauguration will enable him to also conclude negotiations with Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, on the possibility of Ghana benefiting from the interconnectivity.

The two presidents, according to the statement, discussed the deal for the supply of power from Nigeria to Ghana at last month's African Union Summit in Addis Ababa.

Another issue President Kufuor will discuss, is the possibility of retrieving the 80 megawatts power that Ghana supplies to Togo and Benin in view of their new energy supply source.

The statement said a team of Ghanaian experts is already in Cotonou to examine the technical aspects of the arrangement with their counterparts from the three countries.

The Ghana-Nigeria power deal is key among the government's initiatives to finding a lasting solution to the energy problem facing the country.

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