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UNIDO to Support Rural Electrification in Nigeria with $2.6M



The United Nation International Development Organisation (UNIDO) will support rural electrification in Nigeria with $2.6m. Philippe Scholtes, the Managing Director for Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division of UNIDO disclosed this over the weekend in Abuja during a visit to the office of Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the Minister of Science and Technology.

According to Scholtes, the fund which was sourced from Global Environment Facilities (GEF) for Nigeria is meant for rural electrification in the country. Explaining further, Scholtes said that with the fund rural communities in Nigeria will get electricity which will be generated via small scale hydro power.

UNIDO according to him requested for and obtained $2.6USD funding to use hydro power to provide electricity to houses and factories in areas that have not got electricity yet. The money which according to him is provided by Global Environment facility is meant to assist countries in dealing with environmental problems to the benefit of the global communities.

The fund as he said would encourage investors in the country to carry out “project and expand it to disseminate the kind of technology needed.”

Scholtes said that UNIDO was interested in building a strong relationship with Nigeria in order to develop important areas that would help the country to grow.

UNIDO according to him would provide support to inclusive and sustainable industrial development. He promised that the organisation would also look for a means of assisting Nigeria to build green technology via innovation as well as skills development.

On the other hand, Dr. Onu thanked UNIDO for the support and contributions made not just to Nigeria but the entire world by collaborating in the growing of energy and agro business.

The Minister requested UNIDO to provide more support to Nigeria in her effort to build strong food security through effective agriculture.