Sweden, Switzerland Pledge Power, Infrastructure Development Support For Nigeria

Sweden, Switzerland Pledge Power, Infrastructure Development Support For Nigeria

Patrick Aigbokhan
Sweden and Switzerland have indicated their support for the development of Nigeria’s power and infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Eric Mayoraz, Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria and his Swedish counterpart, Mr. Svante Kilander, disclosed their countries’ intention when they accompanied Mr. Mohammed Hosseiny, Managing Director, ABB in Nigeria, on a courtesy visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Amb. Kilander told State House correspondents after the visit that the team had a fruitful discussion with the vice president.
“We assured the vice president that the Swedish and Swiss governments are fully behind the activities of ABB Power Company in their activities in Nigeria.
“There is a full government support for this Swedish/Swiss company,’’ the envoy said.
Describing the relations between Nigeria and Sweden as excellent, Kilander said, “We are happy to be able to promote not only government-to-government relations, but also the relations between Swedish and Nigerian companies.
“This is where development is taking place, where Nigeria is in such a dynamic stage as it is now under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President.’’
Mayoraz also told State House correspondents that Switzerland would support the development initiatives of the Buhari administration.
“Switzerland, like Sweden, is committed to supporting the new development policy of the new administration of President Buhari and we are supporting our companies that are willing to invest in development activities here in Nigeria,’’ he said.
The ABB Country Managing Director, Hosseiny, said that the meeting was about how the company could play a role in providing Nigeria with power for the development of infrastructure, adding that the discussion focused on the nature of solutions ABB had to support the development in both areas as a follow up to the visit of its Group CEO to Nigeria on Monday.
Hosseiny said the Group CEO was really impressed with the opportunities and the development of the country, saying, “and we were in discussion on how the ABB can play a role in this support for Nigeria for the development of the power infrastructure.’’
The ABB MD, who described the response of the vice president as very positive, said, “He is aware of the company and he has stressed the need to move forward to the next steps in this power and infrastructure development.’’