By Simon Echewofun Sunday and Farouk Shuaibu
The Nigerian government and the French Development Agency (AFD) on Wednesday signed a grant agreement of €25 million for the Northern Corridor Project jointly funded by the European Union and the AFD.
The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, and the AFD Country Director in Nigeria, Xavier Muron, signed the agreement together with the Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Emmanuelle Blatmann, and the Head of Cooperation at the European Union Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Ms. Cecile TASSIN-PELZER in Abuja on Wednesday.
In his remarks, the Minister of State, Clem Agba said the grant will aid Nigeria’s power plan, especially in the Northern part of the country.
He added that “The federal government will ensure that the project is executed efficiently for the economic growth of the country.
The Managing Director of the Transition Company of Nigeria, Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz said The Northern Corridor Project, being implemented by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), is meant to strengthen a low-carbon economic growth in West Africa by improving the quality of the electricity network in Nigeria and supporting the development of a regional electricity market under the West African Power Pool (WAPP).
It said the project will reinforce the north-west network (from Kaduna) and develop access to electricity in the north linking an interconnection project with the Niger Republic.
AFD Country Director in Nigeria, Xavier Muro said “The project will build more than 800km of 330 kilovolts double circuit transmission lines and construct or upgrade 13 substations.