Over one million Ecowas citizens will have access to electricity through the efforts of the partnership between the Commission of the Economic community of West Africa states ECOWAS and the world Bank.
The dual currently holding a three day meeting in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, disclosed that the project, “The Ecowas Regional Electricity Access project “ ECOWAS REAP will be implemented in three phases.
The first phase of the project will cost $225million will strengthen distribution networks across borders electrification in Guinea Bissau, Mali and The Gambia.
Over 152,000 house holds is expected to benefit from the power project.
Ecowas commission director of Energy and Mines Dabire Bayaorinibe expressed confidence that the energy sector will improve significantly in the region.
Representing The World Bank, Pedro Sanchez wants the Ecowas commission and the member states to ensure that the project is successful. Less than 40% have access to electricity in the region.