The West African Power Pool North Backbone Project officially launched by Niger President, HE Mohamed Bazoum and his counterpart from Ghana, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who also chairs the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The launching of the project took place in Gorou Banda on Tuesday afternoon February 22ND 2022.
President Mohamed Bazoum welcomed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the foot of the presidential plane’s footbridge on his arrival to take part in the West African Power Pool North Backbone Project launching ceremony. The Ghanaian President was also greeted by the Nigerien Government officials including the Prime Minister, Mr. Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou, Mr. Seyni Oumarou who is the Speaker of the National Assembly and the High Representative of the President of the Republic, HE Mr. Foumakoye Gado.
The West African Power Pool North Backbone Project (WAPP) will set up a 330kw interconnection line, The North Dorsal with an aim of supplying power to five countries that will be involved, from Niger, Nigeria, Benin, Togo and Burkina Faso. The Economic Community of West African States Project which is funded by the World Bank, the European Union, the French Development Agency, the African Development Bank and a counterpart in Nigeria will come at a total cost of 568.2 million USD.
WAPP rural electrification
The Niger Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energies Mr. Mahamane Sani Mahamadou acknowledged the presence of the two presidents in his speech which was also to show their support for the project’s implementation. The project aims to supply power at a lower cost to the West African population, the works of this electricity interconnection are expected to be completed in the year 2024. It is also said that the countries involved like will hugely benefit by getting their rural areas electrified especially Burkina Faso and Niger.