GEF offers Nigeria $2.6m to boost electricity generation

*Philippe Scholtes., UNIDO managing director.

*Philippe Scholtes., UNIDO managing director.

Oscarline Onwuemenyi

25 January 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja — The Global Environment Facilities, GEF, has pledged to give Nigeria $2.6 million to improve its electricity generation, Managing Director of UNIDO Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, Philippe Scholtes says.

Scholtes made this known in Abuja when he visited the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Onu Ogbonnaya in his office.

According to him, the fund will be used to boost small scale hydro power to ensure electricity get to rural areas in the country.

“We made the case; we obtained funding for $2.6 million to help us demonstrate the small scale hydro power to powerhouse and factories in places that have not been reached by the electricity.

“This project funded by Global Environment Facility funds is meant to help countries address environment issues that can benefit the global communities,” he said.

He said that the investors in Nigeria would be encouraged to execute the project and expand it to disseminate the kind of technology needed.

He told the minister that UNIDO would like to strengthen its relationship with the ministry to grow necessary areas that would contribute to the growth of the nation.

“UNIDO will work to support inclusive and sustainable industrial development and also find a way to help Nigeria build green technology through skills development and innovation,” he said.

In his response, the minister thanked UNIDO for its contributions globally and in Nigeria with the partnership to grow energy and on agro-business.

He appealed to UNIDO to further increase it efforts as well toward boosting agriculture to ensure food security in the country.
The minister said that the ministry was committed to use science and technology to save the nation by growing it economy.

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