Niger calls for immediate start of Hydro electric Power

Abdul Mohammed Isa, Niger State

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The Niger State Government in North Central Nigeria, has reiterated its commitment to the immediate take off of Hydro electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, HYPPADEC.

The Secretary to the Niger State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Matane said this at a roundtable with the stakeholders on HYPPADEC held in Minna on Thursday.

Matane further explained that the establishment of the Hydro electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission would cushion the effect of hardship being experienced by communities living at the banks of River Niger as a result of discharge from the hydroelectricity dams.

A statement by the spokesperson to the SSG, Lawal Tanko said; ”the affected States were facing untold hardship as a result of the non-establishment of the Commission, hence the need for the realisation of the Commission with a view to ameliorating the sufferings of the people living within the upstream and downstream communities of the hydroelectric dams.”

According to the SSG, the roundtable will address the development challenges facing communities at the Hydro dams and discuss the establishment of the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, HYPPADEC.

Ecological menace
Matane implored the stakeholders to be committed towards eventual take off of the Commission with a view to curbing the ecological menace arising from the operations of the hydroelectric dams in the country.

The Bill establishing the Commission was assented by the former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on 27th August, 2010 since then no concrete action has been taken to constitute the Governing Council and appoint a Management team for the take-off of the Commission despite the fact that an office complex to serve as headquarters of the Commission was provided by the Niger State Government.

In a related development, the Secretary to the  Niger State Government has commended Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited for the recovery of additional megawatts in the country which would no doubt add value to the power output from the company.

Matan expressed optimism that the roundtable would address the inefficiency of power generation, transmission, distribution and consumption.

He revealed that government has enjoyed mutual relationship with Mainstream Foundation especially its social corporate responsibility in four focal areas namely education, health, community empowerment and environment.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere 

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