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EU Pledges N6bn Support for Energy, Reforestation in Nigeria

The European Union (EU) and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, yesterday, signed a Financing Agreement of six billion naira (€27m) to improve access to modern and sustainable energy sources in Nigeria, through the Energising Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE) programme.

Currently, a large part of the Nigerian population lacked access to energy or relied on polluting and non-sustainable fuels such as firewood, charcoal and diesel, with severe consequences for health, the environment and their livelihoods.

Mr. Michel Arrion, Ambassador of the European Union to Nigeria and ECOWAS, during the signing ceremony in Abuja with the Supervising Minister of the National Planning Commission, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, said the EU supports the Transformation Agenda of the Nigerian government, especially its effort to improve access to efficient and reliable energy.

The programme, according to the envoy, will support the design of state electrification plans, capacity development of selected institutions, development of strategies to increase access to energy and tackle deforestation linked to the use of fuel -wood, with a tree-planting initiative in Katsina State.

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