The European Union (EU), in collaboration with the German Government, through the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, is set to invest about €30million in the second phase of the Nigerian Energy Support Programme (NESP), which started in the country in 2013, The Guardian reports.
NESP is a €24.5 million technical assistance programme launched to promote investments in renewable energy, rural electrification and energy efficiency in Nigeria. The Head of NESP, Ina Hommers, disclosed this in Lagos recently, during the presentation of ISO 50001:2011 certificates to two Nigerian companies. She said unlike the first phase of the programme, which focused on policy regulation standards, and strategy in both on and off grid energy efficiency, the second leg would dwell on project implementations.
According to her, the programme has developed Nigerian experts in the areas of renewable, and energy efficiency, energy auditor for builders and architects, and solar technicians. Nigeria, Hommers said, was chosen not only for its economic powers, but because it has one of the lowest electricity and industrial rates, hence “we want to ensure that while Nigeria gets more electricity, it is also sustainable and climate friendly.”