EU and France grant 25 million euros to improve electricity in northern Nigeria

The project is jointly funded by the European Union and AFD and implemented by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The project aims to enhance low-carbon economic growth in West Africa by improving the quality of the power grid in Nigeria and supporting the development of a regional electricity market under the power pool. West African (WAPP).

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the agreement, Clement Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, said the project was in line with the objectives of the National Development Plan 2021-2025.

Mr. Agba explained that the signing of the agreement showed that Nigeria was on the right track to implement the development plan.

“I would like to thank the EU and AFD, as well as the French government for this intervention in the electricity sector in Nigeria, particularly with regard to transmission lines and substations,” added the Nigerian minister.

For his part, Xavier Muron, Country Director of AFD in Nigeria, stressed the importance of such a project as a technical facilitator for the integration into the network of solar farms expected in the northwestern part of the country.

For his part, Sule Abdulaziz, Managing Director of TCN, explained that the “Northern Corridor” project is essential for TCN to improve network stability and the company’s expansion plan.

Mr. Abdulaziz at the same time assured all parties of the successful implementation of the project.

As for France’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann, said France was happy to support the project, highlighting the strong partnership between Nigeria, France and the EU.

Among the specific objectives of the project, in accordance with Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan (ETP), there is also the overall strengthening of the North-West network and the development of access to electricity for the population, the evacuation and the distribution of solar energy produced by future projects in the north.

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