ECOWAS lauds Centre for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance

Adoba Echono, Abuja.

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ECOWAS parliamentarians have lauded the Centre for Renewable Energy and Industrial Maintenance, CERMI, for delivering on its mandate.

The ECOWAS Parliamentarian from Cote d’ Ivorie, Mr. Sale Poli, who led the delegation stated this during field visit to Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency projects being executed by CERMI, in Praia, Cape Verde as part of their oversight to Praia, Cape Verde.

CERMI is a project of ECOWAS to develop renewable energy.

Mr. Poli expressed the delegation’s satisfaction with the project being executed at the Centre, especially with the renewable energy production of about 4000 megawatts.

In his welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer of CERMI, Luis Teixeira, noted that the main objective of the project is to strengthen the regional positioning of the Centre for Renewable Energy and Industrial maintenance.

Mr. Teixeira further noted that the project objective will further support CERMI in its transformation into a Centre of regional excellence in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency, by strengthening its internal skills and its links with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He also noted that Cape Verde clearly recognizes the importance of renewable energy for its strategic development.

Mr. Teixeira further stated that CERMI plays a leading role and can be seen as the operational instrument for implementing government policies.

The project, he said, is also part of the action programme to support the West African region, financed by the 11th European Development Fund, EDF, entitled “Improving Governance in the Energy sector in West Africa”.

Mr. Teixeira further disclosed that seven implementing Partners have already been identified at ECOWAS level: the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, (ECREEE); the 2iE of Burkina Faso; the Centre for study and Research in Renewable Energy in Senegal; the National Centre of Solar Energy and Renewable Energy in Mali; the National Centre for Solar Energy of  Mali; the Energy Centre-Knust in Ghana; and the National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC) at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

According to the Chief Executive of CERMI, supporting the transformation of CERMI from a Centre of expertise in Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) to a regional Centre is an essential element of the project.

He also stated that given CERMI’s excellent infrastructure and equipment plus the fact that there is currently no Centre with these functionalities in the region, the project provides an important opportunity for CERMI to position itself at ECOWAS level.

Mr. Teixeria disclosed that partnership with international technical institutions will thus be formalized for the sustainability of the Centre.

Amaka E. Nliam