The Nasarawa State in Northcentral Nigeria has partnered with the Nigeria Off-Grid Market Acceleration Programme (NOMAP) to ensure the rapid development and implementation of the state’s energy projects and enhance its power and sustainability agenda.
NOMAP is an off-grid energy market-building program supported by Shell Foundation, UKaid and USAID, is primarily aimed at tackling the barriers limiting the growth of the off-grid energy sector, and also targeted at promoting the creation of clean energy in the country.
The partnership followed the signing of the Electricity Act, 2023 into law by President Bola Tinubu.
Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Managing Director of the state’s Investment and Development Agency, while speaking with journalists in Lafia, the state capital on Friday, said the partnership was a step towards bringing the state’s vision of becoming among the top three most competitive economies in Nigeria to actualisation.
According to him, the collaboration was carried out by the agency, and the Nasarawa Electricity Power Agency was the technical lead.
He noted that the support from NOMAP would further strengthen the offering of the state, improve the business environment, offer certainty to prospective investors as well as deliver tangible benefits to rural communities.
Ibrahim said “The collaboration with NOMAP is to provide an opportunity to enhance our state’s off-grid energy landscape, attract investment, and promote sustainable development.
“The programme will support the Nasarawa State Government with the development of the Nasarawa off-grid energy policy, build capacity for relevant state government institutions, support in the implementation of the policy, and facilitate further private sector and development partner support for off-grid clean energy projects in the state.
“We are excited about the prospects of this project, and we welcome all players within the electricity value chain to prepare and engage.”