The Nigerian federal government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) were expected to sign a US$200 million loan agreement by March 2022. 

The fast pace of industrialization in Lagos and Ogun States has led to higher power demand, which this planned project aims to meet. 

Nigeria is only able to produce around 4,000 megawatts of power per day even though it has generating capacity of 12,522 megawatts. That does not meet the needs of its population of 195 million. 

Minister of Power, Engineer Abubaker Aliyu, held a meeting with the JICA delegation in Abuja. He announced the completion of consultancy services for line route studies, environmental and social impact assessment, and the environmental, social management plan. The delegation, led by Sasaki Taigo, senior representative of JICA, Nigeria, confirmed the loan agreement content and project memorandum with relevant ministries and implementation agencies.

The US$200 million will fund 'The Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme' (TREP). The programme is expected to rehabilitate and expand the nation's transmission infrastructure to stabilize the grid for optimum performance, in line with international best practices, through massive investment. 

Transmission Company of Nigeria will implement the programme by constructing 203 kilometres of high voltage transmission lines and six high voltage substations, which will cover five LGAs in Ogun State and one in Lagos state. It will help about 200 communities.

Photo: Aerial View of Power Transmission Lines - Stock Image (Lucian Coman | Dreamstime)

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