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Nigerian state secures grant from French development agency (AFD) to develop a secure transmission network across the Abuja region

In West Africa, the Nigerian Federal Government said that it is collaborating with the French development agency Agence Française de Dévelopement (AFD), to secure a grant of $191 million (ZAR2 billion) for the development of transmission lines in the Abuja region.

Last week, Permanent Secretary from the ministry of power Godknows Igali, presented at the inauguration of a 9-member steering committee for enhancing vocational training delivery for the power.

He stated that all government agencies need to drive investment through developing strategic partnerships with foreign organisations, the Business Day online reported.

Stakeholder engagement in power sector development

Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) Rueben Okeke, said that the role of the committee would ensure a performing workforce within the power sector. He added further that the committee was vital to the longevity of the power sector.

Celine Gratadour, head of projects of AFD, commented that Nigeria’s power sector needed sufficient technical capacity to optimally oversee the power sector.

Alexandra Oldford, consultant, CPCS Transcom Ltd., said the committee was expected to guide the project with clear direction and as well as act as the decision making body for the project, among others.

According to Nigerian Vanguard media, the committee includes members from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Ministry of Finance, National Planning Commission, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, NAPTIN, and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.

Power sector development

In earlier news, Russia’s state-owned Rosatom, which has been in talks with the Nigerian government over the country’s new nuclear power build, confirmed that two sites have been selected for the planned construction that will have a total of four reactors.

According to Reuters, neither the Nigerian government nor Rosatom would say where the sites would be located. However, a source at Nigeria’s nuclear agency, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission (NAEC), said the sites would be located in Akwa Ibom state, in southeast Nigeria and in the Kogi state, in the central northern part of the country.

In addition to nuclear, the West African country is seeking investment for Modular Mini Hydro Power solutions for the African market.

Last week, ESI Africa reported that Genesis Energy Corporation and Norwegian group, SHP Malthe Winje (SHP), specialists in the manufacture and supply of prefabricated and standardised mini hydro plants, launched a platform to fast track the deployment of Modular Mini Hydro Power solutions for the African market.

With a population estimated at 171 million and a generation capacity just over 4,000MW, the Nigerian state is taking measures towards improving and increasing power sector development.