According to Phillipe Scholtes, the Managing Director of UNIDO Programme Development and Technical Cooperation Division, electricity in Nigeria will get $2.6 million to boost generation from Global Environment Facilities (GEF). He made this known on Friday in Abuja when he visited the Minister of Science and Technology, Onu Ogbonnoya, in his Office.
The fund will be used to boost small scale hydro power that will electrify rural areas in Nigeria.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO) is an agency in the United Nations system that helps in the acceleration of industrial development in developing countries with different methods and the promotion of industrial cooperation.
According to Phillipe Scholte,
“We made the case.We obtained funding for $2.6 million 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.”
Scholtes said the investors in Nigeria would be encouraged to execute the project and expand it to disseminate the kind of technology needed and that UNIDO would like to strengthen its relationship with the ministry in view of national growth.
In his response, Ogbonnaya Onu thanked UNIDO for its contributions globally and in Nigeria with the partnership to grow energy and on agro-business.He appealed to UNIDO to further increase it efforts as well toward boosting agriculture to ensure food security in the country, as its involvement in food protection will not only lift farmers out of poverty but will tame rural-urban migration and
The minister further asserted that the Ministry of Science and Technology was committed to use science and technology to save the nation by growing it economy.
The minister specified that UNIDO’s involvement in food protection will not only lift farmers out of poverty but will curb the high rate of rural-urban migration.