•Commits €1.5bn for devt projects across Nigeria
Senator Iroegbu and Godsgift Onyedifu
The French Development Agency (AFD) is set to release a special report on the Boko Haram terrorists’ ravaged Lake Chad region as part of activities to mark it’s 10 years anniversary in Nigeria.
This AFD Country Director, Mr. Pascal Grangereau, announced in a statement obtained on Tuesday.
Grangereau informed that issues bordering around the development of the Lake Chad region will be discussed particularly on security, socio-economic and environmental issues, and the effects of which are felt at the international level.
He added that the Agency is organizing a series of events from 11th through 12th October to celebrate its anniversary and also to highlight its impact in Nigeria.
He said: “The first activity is a round table, which will be held on Thursday, to cross the perspectives, to confront the points of view between Nigerian researchers, French academics, political representatives and members of the civil society. The participation of AFD officers in these talks will clarify what is done in terms of funding to improve the situation of populations and meet their needs.
“In the evening, the French Institute of Nigeria, Abuja will host the opening of the exhibition “Lake Chad”. Images of photographer Pascal Maitre and drawings by geographer Christian Seignobos, to which the general public will have access until 19th October 2018.
“We are keen to bring value to the study commissioned by AFD on Lake Chad and to consider more activities in the north-east of the country. The interest of the photo exhibition is to address the populations directly affected by the study.
“The morning of Friday, October 12th will be dedicated to students, who are invited to a breakfast debate at the French Institute. It makes sense to hear the students’ voices.” He said.
Grangereau had at earlier briefing, disclosed that the AFD has made new commitment of €1.5 billion in 10 years, and has supported about thirty projects in Nigeria.
He explained that €1.5 billion invested in sustainable city had 52%, committed to energy, 36% to Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs and 11% to family farming. “Over 1.8 million people benefit from better power supply services”
Other projects include the rehabilitation of Nearly 2000 km of rural roads and the purchase of 11 230 tons of cereals aimed at preventing food crises in W/Africa.
He noted that the Agency is also a recognized partner in the country with activities in key sectors such as energy, water, rural roads and urban transport.
The Agency’s Rural development projects was carried out in Adamawa, Enugu, Imo, Niger and Osun while Cross River, Lagos, Ogun, Enugu, Ondo, plateau and Kano state benefited from the Urban Water projects.
Power projects were executed in Enugu, FCT, Kaduna, Lagos, Kano, Niger, plateau and Kaduna states.
The Agency revealed that Nigeria is its key priority and it aims at creating a competitive economy that creates jobs and wealth in the country; create an inclusive and resilient development and Support diversification of the non-oil economy.
Others are to promote the low-carbon energy transition, contribute to a more productive agricultural activity and to the food security and support the territorial transition.