The Federal Government is working with the Agence Française de Dévelopement (AFD), the French Development Agency which participates in promoting and financing development throughout the world, to secure a grant of 170 million Euros (N38 billion) for the building of transmission networks in Abuja area.
Speaking during the inauguration of a 9-member Steering Committee for enhancing vocational training delivery for the power sector, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Dr Godnkows Igali urged all agencies of the government to move towards strategic partnership with international organisations for funding.
“Agencies of government must not wait for funding from government alone,” he said.
Igali described the occasion as significant to the power sector especially as it was moving from public to private driven.
Speaking earlier, Reuben Okeke, Director-General at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), said that the essence of the committee was to ensure an efficient workforce for the sector. He said that the committee was critical to the sustenance of the power sector.
The committee has a member each from the ministries of Finance and Power, National Planning Commission, Bureau of Public Enterprise, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, NAPTIN and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company.