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EU, GIZ Support Power Projects With Grants

Posted: July 28, 2014 at 10:50 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The European Union and its ally, German Agency for International Co-operation have pledged grant support to Nigeria, primarily aimed at improving energy access, with focus on the renewable energy option, as well as improved energy efficiency.

This disclosure was made today at the launch of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme in Abuja.   Speaking at the event, Professor Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Amb. (Dr.) Godknows Igali, said the EU’s 15.5 million Euros, in addition to the already given 9.00 million Euro by GIZ is commendable as grant intervention is not the same as debt overhang.

While appreciating the invaluable support in critical areas where interventions are required, he said it is in the overall interest of the country that capacity building is embedded in the selected intervention area, so the country sector’s training arm – National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), will help address training gaps of our engineers who hitherto were used to conventional power source such as Thermal, as they would now require new skills in renewable energy like wind, solar and biomass.

He said other agencies like the Rural Electrification Agency (REA), Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET), will also benefit from the grants from EU and GIZ.   According to the Minister, so long as the locations chosen by the Energy Support Group are in Nigeria, it does not matter if they are all concentrated in a zone.

He suggested to the Group to also consider the incorporation in their future programmes, structured exposure for our law makers, as such move will enhance their knowledge of relevant laws in other lands in shaping and providing enabling legal environment that would build the nation’s electricity industry, while also reminding the Group that the underscore of Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda for the sector is greater access of Nigerians to power for their domestic and industrial uses.

“Integral part of the focus of this administration is to improve the supply and efficiency of electricity for Nigerian households and businesses thereby improving the livelihood of the greater population of the people”.

While presenting the Group’s overview, Daniel Werner, Programme Director of GIZ had earlier said that the German authorities intend to use this technical co-operation as support base for President Goodluck Jonathan’s Transformation Agenda.

The aim he said, is the application of grant to support investment opportunities in renewable energy, energy efficiency and Rural Electrification, adding that 10 pilot programmes have been identified especially in Northern Nigeria and indeed other regions across the country, just as he said the scheme will provide support mechanism and policy frame work development that will ensure workable action plan.

He said that Nigerians will be trained in new technology to install and maintain solar panels and other facilities. Furthermore, Mr. Werner said the scheme will also support villages with electricity in 5 States, as they would be energized by renewable energy source through solar, in addition to support for investment in large renewable, energy efficiency for individual homes and industries.

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