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Nigeria 2018 | ECONOMY | COLUMN

TBY talks to Innocent Obande, Vice-Chairman, Trevari Group, on the sector.

Innocent Obande

In partnering with NH3 Europa and NH3 Canada, do you seek to leverage green technology to meet Nigeria's energy demands?

We are clearly unable to meet the energy needs of Nigerians. With a population of over 190 million, power generation of under 5,000MW and distribution of under 4,000MW are not adequate by any standards. There are still great opportunities to close the gap through renewable and hybrid technology such as solar, gas-powered generators, and steam and hydro wherever possible. There is not enough wind potential to attract us to that field yet, though it is something we might want to try in partnership with certain Danish companies in the future. It is possible to use modern wind turbines that use a hybrid of wind, solar, steam, and gas power. Where economies of scale within Nigeria allow it, this technology should spread rapidly.

What is your diversification strategy and how does it help Nigeria to diversify its economy?

When we started importing greenhouses from Israel and China, not many people here knew about greenhouse production. We like to think we are at the forefront of agricultural technology to grow more using less land. We also use hybrid seeds that are able to yield more and provide greater nutrients to consumers.