Con­fab: Niger de­mands con­trol of power projects

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Aliyu M. Ha­m­agam, Minna Govt. House

Gover­nor Ba­bangida Aliyu of Niger State has asked the 11 del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing the state at the on­go­ing na­tional con­fer­ence to de­mand for the con­trol of hy­dro elec­tric power projects in the state.

He said power gen­er­a­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion should be de­cen­tral­ized, adding that it is morally and fi­nan­cially wrong for states or pri­vate in­vestors to con­struct power plants, gen­er­ate and dis­trib­ute elec­tric­ity only for such or­ga­ni­za­tions to plough such gen­er­ated power to the na­tional grid. The gover­nor, who gave the di­rec­tive yes­ter­day in Minna, said del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing the state at the con­fer­ence should push for the full im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Hy­dro Power Pro­duc­ing Ar­eas De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (HYPPADEC) bill.

“It is the so­lu­tion to the an­nual prob­lem be­ing faced by people in river­ine ar­eas and flood plains of the three hy­dro elec­tric dams sit­u­ated at Jebba, Kainji and Shi­roro with an­other one un­der con­struc­tion in Zungeru, all in Niger State,” he said.

On the is­sue of state polic­ing, the con­fab del­e­gates were asked to sup­port any move that will lead to the de­vo­lu­tion of author­ity to gov­er­nors for the main­te­nance of law and or­der.

“The struc­ture of the po­lice should be de­cen­tral­ized in such a way that state gov­er­nors are given cer­tain pow­ers to give di­rec­tives to state com­mis­sion­ers of po­lice to ad­dress crime rates and en­sure ef­fec­tive polic­ing,” he added.

The del­e­gates were also urged to de­mand the in­sti­tu­tion of a hor­i­zon­tal rev­enue al­lo­ca­tion for­mula which will see all states get­ting equal amount of 36 per cent of what­ever ac­crues to the fed­er­a­tion ac­count.

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Gover­nor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun lay­ing the foun­da­tion for an Ul­tra Mod­ern Cen­tral Abat­toir in Osogbo, Osun State on Wed­nes­day.

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