The Federal government and the French Development Agency (AFD) have signed a 25 million Euro grant agreement for the Northern Corridor Project, which is co-funded by the European Union and the AFD.
The move, according to the government will increase access to electricity in the Northwest region.
The agreement was signed in Abuja by the Minister of State for State Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, and Xavier Muron, the Country Director of AFD in Nigeria.
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The 25 million Euro deal is on the back of the National Development Plan 2021 to 2025.
Northern states expected to benefit from the electricity development plan include Niger, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kaduna, Kano, Jigawa, Bauchi and Nasarawa states.
This agreement will result in the development of 800 kilometres of 330 kiloVolt double circuit transmission lines.
The capital disbursed into the project will lead to the building or upgrade of 13 sub-stations.
Head of Cooperation, European Union Delegation to Nigeria, Cecile Tassin-Pelzer, said the EU and the French Development Agency have been working together in the power sector since 2017.
The development of solar farms in the northwest of Nigeria was also discussed by the AFD country director, Xavier Muron, who claimed that mixed diversification had been impossible due to inadequate transmission networks.
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