By Modupe Gbadeyanka A deal to finance infrastructure and SME projects, including women-owned enterprises in Nigeria, has been signed between the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) and United Bank for Africa Plc (UBA). Business Post gathered that the agreement involves a loan of $150 million that would be used to support development of productive sectors of the economy; particularly the power sector, infrastructure, women owned enterprises as well as SMEs. The deal was sealed on Wednesday between the two organisations. Speaking on the development, the Group Managing Director\/CEO of UBA, Mr Kennedy Uzoka, noted that, \u201cThis line of credit comes at an opportune time and would boost efforts at reducing the huge power sector-financing deficit that is limiting energy supply and complement our support to medium and small scale enterprises while also promoting gender diversification across the value chain.\u201d He expressed confidence that the loan would go a long way to boost businesses in the country. Also commenting on the deal, the Principal Investment Officer of AfDB, Mr Kazuhiro Numasawa, observed that by leveraging UBA\u2019s branch network, the line of credit would also scale up lending to SMEs and women enterprises in both urban and rural areas to create more jobs and to promote inclusive growth for Nigeria\u2019s economy by stimulating the various sectors such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, education and services. \u201cUBA Nigeria has been the leading financial institution to support various infrastructure projects, particularly power, telecom, transport and also social infrastructure such as hospital and education facilities, and received Social Infrastructure Deal of the Year Award in 2015,\u201d he said while noting that UBA Nigeria operates in each of the country\u2019s 36 states through more than 450 branches supporting 3,700 SMEs across the country. AfDB has remained UBA\u2019s long-term partner in its financing activities. In 2009, the financial institution provided liquidity facilities to deepen its trade finance and other lending activities, thus, contributing to key economic sectors of the Nigerian economy, particularly at a time when the economy requires critical funding to stimulate growth and employment.