EU to invest €37m in Nigeria’s power sector -Ambassador

The European Union (EU) says it is set to invest 37million Euros into Nigeria’s power sector.

The EU Head of Mission to Nigeria,  Amb. Samuela Isopi said this when she visited the Minister of Power, Mr Adebayo Adelabu, on Friday in Abuja.

She was accompanied by the new Head of Cooperation of the EU, Mr Luca Massimo and Mr Godfrey Ogbemudia,  Programme Manager on Energy.

Isopi said that the money was apart from the about 200 million Euro grants invested in the sector since 2008.

Speaking on the EU’s various intervention programmes in the power sector, the Envoy said that the current support would cover small hydro-power and solar for health care facilities.

Other areas to be covered in the current intervention are the rural electrification with isolated and interconnected mini-grids project, circular economy.

According to her, the projects will commence soon.

Isopi also used the opportunity to invite the minister to an upcoming inauguration of two projects funded by the EU and implemented by United Nations Industrial Development Organisation(UNIDO)

Responding, the minister, who received the ambassador in company of his Chief Technical Advisor, Mr Adedayo Olowoniyi , expressed  appreciation to the EU for the support it has been giving to the sector.

Adelabu said that more support was needed to address the enormous challenges in the sector.

He said that the issue of liquidity was the main problem that the government is trying its best to resolve.

The minister said that the market would only be sustainable and run efficiently when there is a cost reflective tariff in place.

According to him, he was pleased with the EU programmes for the sector and confirmed their alignment with the ministry’s strategy.

The minister promised to work with the EU on its  programmes especially  on small hydro and  state electrification projects within the new  Electricity Act.

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