By Abimbola Fashakin, LagosÂ
Nigeria is set to secure $2.6 million to improve its electricity generation from Global Environment Facilities (GEF).Â
The news was disclosed by the Managing Director of UNIDO Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, Philippe Scholtes in Abuja over the weekend.Â
Scholtes stated this when he visited the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Onu Ogbonnaya in his office.Â
According to him, the fund will be used to boost small scale hydro powers stations across the country to ensure that electricity get to rural areas in the country.Â
â€œWe 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.Â
â€œThis project funded by Global Environment Facility funds is meant to help countries address environment issues that can benefit the global communities,â€œ he said.
He said that the investors in Nigeria would be encouraged to execute the project and expand it to disseminate the kind of technology needed.Â
He told the minister that UNIDO would like to strengthen its relationship with the ministry to grow necessary areas that would contribute to the growth of the nation.Â
â€œUNIDO 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,â€™â€™ he said.Â
In his response, the minister thanked UNIDO for its contributions globally and in Nigeria with the partnership to grow energy and on agro-business.Â
He appealed to UNIDO to further increase it efforts as well toward boosting agriculture to ensure food security in the country.
The minister said that the ministry was committed to use science and technology to save the nation by growing it economy.