India collaborates with Nigeria to boost its solar energy capacity

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Gangadharan Balasubramn

After the pandemic to boost the economy, the governments of India and Nigeria come up together to expand Nigeria’s infrastructure and solar energy capacity.

According to the High Commissioner of India, Gangadharan Balasubramanian, the collaboration of Nigeria with India will help improve not only the solar energy, and finance technology(Fintech) but also the artificial intelligence capacities of Nigeria, while also assisting in curbing the infrastructure deficit. The envoy made this comment while receiving questions from media at events held to commemorate India’s 76th anniversary in Abuja recently as both nations work to strengthen their bilateral ties.

He said, “Some Indian companies are working in developing Nigeria’s transport infrastructure corridor in Lagos and we are developing solar energy and transmission lines in the Cross-River state.”

India contributes nearly 6.5% to the growth of installed solar energy capacity, globally which is one of the highest in the world. In such a Plot, Nigeria uniting with India for its renewable infrastructure, particularly solar, is a reliable step.

“Human capacity development is one of the most important areas in which we are concentrating and we are very happy that with the assistance and cooperation of successive Nigerian governments, we can now say that our relationship is very strong and very cordial,” Balasubramanian said.

Balasubramanian finally added, “Nearly about $10 billion worth of oil is being imported from Nigeria. India also exports various issues from agricultural products to petroleum products, pharmaceuticals, to textiles. So, there is a large possibility of increasing this trade and economic cooperation between our two countries.”

It is significant that more than 135 Indian businesses are already active in Nigeria at various levels, helping to construct the country’s infrastructure. India is all set to cooperate with the federal government and is happy with the partnership with Nigeria to boost its solar energy.