The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has donated $9.7 million to the government of Nigeria in order to help the West African country combat its electricity problems in a programme tagged the JICA Project.
The JICA project was confirmed by Sadanobu Kusaoke, the Japanese ambassador to Nigeria on Tuesday during the launch of the project. He added that the power sector of Nigeria is worth investing into and necessary in the advancement of Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
“Since from 1970s, Japan has helped to finance power sector to increase the capacity of power in Kainji dam hydropower station. [sic]
“This is the 10th project of power sector by the Japanese Government since then and this will not be our last.”
Kusaoke added that for Nigeria to fulfill her quest to diversify her economy, investments must be made in the power sector.
The JICA project plans to introduce the use of clean energy, by exploring other sources such as solar, wind and hydropower.
It will boost power supply also by supporting the water supply at the Usman Dam Water Treatment Plant. A 1.2 Megawatts of grid-connected solar generation will be gained at Usman Dam Water Treatment Plant to supplement electricity supply from the national grid.
“The project is being executed with grant assistance worth Nine Hundred and Eighty Million Japanese YEN (980,000,000 JPY) (equivalent to approximately 9.7 million USD) through JICA.”
He also gave credit to the designer of the project, Toyota Tsusho Corporation who also handled the management of the project and ensured its completion.
The JICA project will also improve water supply in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Alhaji Hudu Bello, the Director, FCT Water Board showed gratitude to the Japanese government and the JICA stating that:
“This is an elaborate project that will improve water supply to the residents of Abuja; it will also reduce the rate at which we consume diesel to pump water, ” he said.