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France restates commitment to boosting electricity in Nigeria

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Deputy Ambassador of France, Guillaume Audren de Kerdrel, has restated his country’s commitment to improving on the electricity transmission in Nigeria, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The Ambassador said this at the ground breaking ceremony of the Abuja feeding scheme on Thursday in Abuja organised by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and funded by Agence Francaise de Developpment (AFD).

The Abuja Feeding Scheme project comprises five (5) substations, 330kV and  132kV transmission lines.

The deputy ambassador said that the AFD’s commitment was to improve the everyday life of people both in the developing and emerging countries of the world.

According to him, the supply of quality electricity is the profound aspiration of Nigerians across the country, especially in the FCT.

“Abuja was planned and built in the 1990s, but today hosts three million inhabitants, France through AFD pledges to make tangible, sustainable impact on people living and working in the FCT.

“The overall aim of this project is to strengthening the power supply, infrastructure and also to increasing the capacity of the power transmission network around the capital city.

“When completed, this will improve on high voltage supply of electricity injection points to three, instead of just once today.

“It will not just improve the quality and quantity available in Abuja, it will also improve the stability, reliability and efficiency of electricity transition system in the FCT,” he said.

Kerdrel said that the issue about sustaining cities had become a thing of concern that would be discussed at the forthcoming African/France summit to hold in June 2020 in France.

He said that workers would soon be deployed to project cites in Abuja such as Kuje, Apo, West Main, Mumba, Lokogoma, Lafia, Keffi and other areas in Nasarawa State.

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