NIEEE/NEF: Forum To Address Energy Challenges

NIEEE/NEF: Forum To Address Energy Challenges

Postby femtouch » 2016-03-24 12:17

Press Release: March 10, 2016

The 2016 Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF 2016) aims to facilitate increased energy access, strengthen energy capacity building initiatives and attract direct foreign investment to Nigeria’s electricity sector. The Forum will hold from 12th to 13th April, at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria (

Figure 1: L-R Daniel Adeuyi (Technical and Programme Development Lead, NEF); Khadijat Jose (Communications Director, NEF), Mr. Hassan Mohammed Hassan (Minister for trade and investment, NHC); Dr Akintunde Babatunde (Academic and Business Development Lead, NEF); Mr Adah Simon Ogah (Acting High Commissioner); Mrs Olufolake Abdulrazaq (Minister/Deputy Head of Industry, rade and Investment); Mr Emmanuel Nweke (1st Secretary and PA to acting High Commissioner) and Mrs Bamise Olanrewaju (Innovation and Strategy Development Lead)

The UK Minister for International Development, Hon. Nick Hurd, has confirmed attendance and will be making a presentation titled ‘Sustainable Energy in Africa – Rising to the Challenge’ at the event. His Excellency, the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has been invited to be the Chief Host of the Forum and to formally open the event with a keynote speech titled ‘Sustainable Energy for All Nigerians – Grand Challenges, Big Opportunities’ on 12th April 2016.

On Tuesday, 26th January 2016, the Acting Nigeria High Commissioner in the UK, His Excellency, Mr Adah Simon Ogah, formally hosted the NEF 2016 UK Team during an official visit to the High Commission, London UK. Mr. Ogah endorsed the NEF 2016 goals towards sustainable development of Nigeria’s electricity sector. A flag-off event, hosted by the Nigeria High Commission UK, will be held in London on April 6, 2016. Pictures from the official visit to the Nigeria High Commission UK are shown below.

The two day event will address the grand challenges and big opportunities for sustainable energy development in Nigeria. On Day one, there will be the Opening Plenary Session, Energy Innovation Exhibition, Four Super Sessions and a Sustainable Energy Dinner. The Super Sessions will focus on: The Energy Policy Landscape; Strategic Development of the Nigerian Gas and Electricity Infrastructure; Sustainable Energy for National Development; and Financing the New Energy System.

Day 2 will open with a special session on Capacity Building for Regional Energy Sustainability, which is to facilitate sustainable development of regional energy resources for increased energy access. Also, four technical sessions will be held in parallel to focus on: Improved Energy Services for Large Industries and Manufacturers; Smarter Grids and Innovative Metering Solutions; Meeting the Sustainable Energy for All Goals; and Opportunities for Research Development and Innovation.

Over 50 distinguished speakers and experts and 300 delegates across the world are expected to attend the event. Some distinguished speakers, who have confirmed participation in the Energy Forum include: Prof. Eli Jidere Bala (DG, Energy Commission of Nigeria); Prof. Henry Louie (Seattle University, USA); Prof. Akin Iwayemi (University of Ibadan, Nigeria); Dr. Dharshana Muthumini (Managing Director, Manitoba HVDC Research Centre, Canada); Dr. Jamil Gwamna (MD/CEO, Kano Disco); Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (Senior Partner, Olisa Agbakoba Legal); Mr. Baldeh Batchi (Power Director, Africa Finance Corporation); Mr Nasir Giwa (Country Manager, Siemens Power and Gas), Mr. Mohammed Mijindadi (MD, GE Gas Power Systems).

The 2016 Africa Energy Essay and Photography competitions organized for the forum have already attracted over 380 entries from young professionals under age 35 from 20 different countries across 4 continents. The essays were written in the form of a letter to the UN Secretary General, on the topic ‘How can Africa achieve sustainable and affordable energy for all by 2030?’. Winners will be awarded at the Sustainable Energy Dinner on 12th April.

Furthermore, NEF 2016 is set to reward excellence in the sustainable energy sector at the 2016 Sustainable Energy Africa Awards. This prestigious award is to recognise organisations and individual who are setting the pace for sustainable energy development in Nigeria and other African countries. Awards Categories include: International Energy Partnerships of the Year, Outstanding Contribution in Energy, Energy Project of the Year; Women in Energy, and Emerging Leaders in Energy. Further details on the 2016 Nigeria Energy Forum are available on the official event website at

Figure 2: The Acting High Commissioner, His Excellency, Mr. Adah Simon Ogah, addressing the NEF team

- About NIEEE-NEF 2016 -
NEF2016 is organised by a team of young Nigerians who are emerging and leading research stars in Europe. The event is hosted on the platform of the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (NIEEE), a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.

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