In Nigeria, amid power rates hike protests, federal government engaged in an agreement with Japan aimed at improving emergency power supply facilities in two states.

Local media, This Day Live reported that the agreement means that Japan will provide a grant worth about $11 million for the upgrade of two substations in the Federal Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa states.

[quote]During the signing of the agreement, minister of budget and national planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, stated that the goal behind the ‘Electricity Supply Facilities Project’ by the Japanese government was meant to enhance the country’s efforts to ensure a steady power supply for economic growth.

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He added: “The support is in tandem with the aspiration of the current administration’s change agenda and its quest for ensuring the delivery of democracy dividends to the citizenry.

“In particular, the project aims to install capacitor banks in Apo and Keffi substations in FCT and Nasarawa State respectively and will contribute to stable power supply, decrease transmission loss and improve system reliability.”

Local media reported that through this ‘Electricity Supply Facilities Project’ power supply will be enhanced to benefit approximately 7,000 households in Abuja.

Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Nigeria office, Sadanobu Kusaoke said: “With this grant of $11 million…we aim to prevent voltage drop, reduce power loss and stabilise power supply to approximately 7,000 households in Abuja. The project will make Abuja more attractive for investors as well as residents.”

Meanwhile Udoma continued: “The sustained implementation of this project is expected to pave way for a significant access to quality socio-economic services, thereby leading to reduction in unemployment on the country and promoting community empowerment.”