Reliable Electricity production for national development will top the 7th West African Power Pool (WAPP) General Assembly, which begins in Abuja today, hosted by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The weeklong event is expected to be attended by delegates from the 21 member power utilities across West Africa, investors, industrialists, financial experts, technocrats, international institutions and financial donor institutions according to a statement by TCN’s Assistant General Manager (Public Affairs) Mr. Dave Ifabiyi.
LEADERSHIP learnt that WAPP which came into existence in 1999, during the 22nd Summit of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government, was borne out of the need for development among member states of the West African Sub-region with the main objective of addressing issues of power deficiency within West Africa.
The statement added that this year’s conference with the theme “Working Together for a More Robust and Reliable Electricity Production and Delivery for West Africa’s development” is aimed at assessing progress made so far in the preparation and implementation of WAPP priority projects, presentation of final report on the business plan for 2012 to 2015 aimed at realising the collective objectives of WAPP.
Ifabiyi listed some major objectives of WAPP to include the integration of National Systems Operations into a unified regional electricity market, with the expectation that such mechanism would, over the medium to long term, assure the citizens of ECOWAS Member States a stable and reliable electricity supply at affordable cost. It also aims at creating a level playing field facilitating the balanced development of diverse energy resources of member states amongst others.
The Heads of WAPP power utilities from countries in the West African Sub-region, such as Republic of Benin, Cape Verde, Cote D’ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger and Senegal as well as Serria Leone, Togo, Burkina Faso and the host country Nigeria are expected to attend the Assembly.