The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved US $1.5m grant to support the implementation of Jigawa state “One Giga Watt (GW) Independent Power Producer (IPP) Solar Procurement Programme”.
According to AfDB, the approval reaffirmed the bank’s commitment to developing renewable energy and increasing energy ,at full one GW capacity.This will assist the government to achieve its national goals of reaching 75% electricity access on the continent by 2020.
“It will also provide electricity to unserved and undeserved areas, particularly in northern Nigeria where access rates are lowest”,said AFDB.
The bank, however, said that its willingness to provide additional support for the project would be determined by the outcome of the technical and feasibility studies.
The statement also quoted the Bank’s Vice-President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth, Mr Amadou Hott, a saying “the approval solidifies the Bank’s commitment to Nigeria in resolving its chronic power shortage”.
“It is important for us to deliver a seamless implementation and provide necessary support to the government to conduct an effective IPP procurement process,”said Mr Amadou Hott
” An intergovernmental team led by Rural Electrification Agency of Nigeria will be the implementation agency for the grant,” he added.