By Ndubuisi Micheal Obineme
Germany is a reliable, credible and experienced partner for peace, security and stability. Conflict prevention, stabilisation and post-conflict peacebuilding are among the core pillars of its foreign policy.
Both countries established the German-Nigerian Binational Commission in 2011. It is intended as a forum for discussing the entire spectrum of bilateral topics as well as international issues.
Nigeria is ranked as the most populous country on the African continent. More than 80 German companies are doing business in Nigeria. The German Government is currently supporting the country with, among other things, comprehensive humanitarian assistance for internally displaced persons in the northeast of the country.
The Nigerian-German Energy Partnership, NGEP, installed a 10 megawatt solar plant project at the
University of Ibadan in 2016. The project, worth about $17,670 USD approximately N3.52 million naira.
The Nigerian-German Energy Partnership is a business-tobusiness platform launched under the auspices of the German Federal Foreign Office and the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Power. It seeks to foster beneficialties between German and Nigerian companies in the power sector, and one of its key initiatives is the construction of large-scale solar power plants across the country.
Within the energy partnership which has existed since 2008, and the German-Niger ia Binat ional
Commission, the project of the University of Ibadan is a project which is very promising and serves as a pilot project for universities in the country. The solar plant provides electricity for the university and also serve as a training site for engineering students of the institution and technicians.
German Ambassador in Nigeria, Mr. Bernard Schlagheck, said the project was aimed at empowering
universities in the country. He also said that the next university in line was Ahmadu Bello University, Zaira, after which the project would be taken to Modibo Adama University of Technology, Yola; Bayero State University, Kano; University of Maiduguri and others.
Media reports stated that 39 other federal universities may soon quit the national electricity grid, to take all of their electricity supplies from off-grid renewable energy solutions – preferably solar power.
The good relations between Germany and Nigeria was also reflected in the cultural sphere. A bilateral cultural agreement was signed in 1999, placing cultural relations between the two countries on a sound footing in international law.
German government advocated for an active involvement of the German private sector in the whole
Nigerian economy – not just in the energy/power sector. The Nigerian-German Business Association
(NGBA) was established on the 15 October 1986 with the aim to ensure better trade collaboration between both countries.
NGBA has pioneered initiatives and collaborated with stakeholders to promote bilateral
relations between both countries.
All stakeholders in Nigeria and Germany are working collaboratively to maintain a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship between both countries. The Nigerian German Business Association is at the forefront of tranforming businesses from both countries.
NGBA has also pioneered initiatives and collaborated with relevant stakeholders to ensure conducive
atmospherics for good bilateral relations between both countries. NGBA organises trade delegations,
exhibitions, business to business meetings, trade facilitation and several other platforms for beneficial stakeholder engagement in both countries.