Managing Director for Programme Development and Technical Cooperation
Division of the United Nation International Development Organization
(UNIDO), Philippe Scholtes has announced a $2.6 million support fund
for rural electricity programme in Nigeria.
Scholtes disclosed this in Abuja at the weekend when he visited the
Minister of Science and Technolog17y, Mr Onu Ogbonnaya in the Office.
Scholtes said the fund was secured for Nigeria from Global Environment
Facilities (GEF), to improve its electricity generation in rural
communities across the country.
He explained that the fund will be used to generate power through
small scale hydro power to ensure electricity get to rural areas in
the country."We made the case; we obtained funding for 2.6 million
dollars to help us demonstrate the small scale hydro power to
powerhouse and factories in places that have not been reached by the
electricity."This project funded by Global Environment Facility funds
is meant to help countries address environment issues that can benefit
the global communities," he said.With the fund, Scholtes said that the
investors in Nigeria would be encouraged to execute the project and
expand it to disseminate the kind of technology needed.He however,
expressed UNIDO's interest to strengthen its relationship with Nigeria
to grow necessary areas that would contribute to the growth of the
nation."UNIDO will work to support inclusive and sustainable
industrial development and also find a way to help Nigeria build green
technology through skills development and innovation,'' he
said.Responding, the minister commended UNIDO for its support and
contributions to Nigeria and the global community with the partnership
to grow energy and on agro-business.He solicited for more support from
UNIDO to further increase it efforts as well toward boosting
agriculture to ensure food security in the country.