Power: Group calls for es­tab­lish­ment of HYPPADEC

Daily Trust - - ENERGY - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The federal govern­ment has been urged to has­ten the process of es­tab­lish­ing Hy­dro­elec­tric Power Pro­duc­ing Ar­eas De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (HYPADEC) to cater for host com­mu­ni­ties of hy­dro power plants in the coun­try.

The Na­tional Youth Move­ment for the Cre­ation of Hy­dro­elec­tric Power Pro­duc­ing Ar­eas De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, led by its Na­tional Pres­i­dent, Malam Jib­ril Ab­dul­lahi Muregi, made the call dur­ing a re­cent visit to the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC) head­quar­ters in Abuja.

NERC, in a state­ment is­sued by the Head of its Pub­lic Af­fairs, Dr. US­man Abba Arabi, said the del­e­ga­tion was at NERC on a cour­tesy visit in or­der to garner sup­port for the es­tab­lish­ment of HYPPADEC and to de­clare their readi­ness to part­ner with NERC on the de­vel­op­ment of their com­mu­ni­ties.

Muregi, in his ad­dress, listed some key ar­eas they so­licit for the Com­mis­sion’s sup­port to in­clude the pro­vi­sion of wa­ter re­sources for the com­mu­ni­ties af­fected by power projects, and pro­vid­ing skills ac­qui­si­tion pro­grammes for the host in­di­genes.

Other re­quests they made were for the em­ploy­ment of indige­nous peo­ples by the suc­ces­sor com­pa­nies, lower tar­iff class for those in the HYPPADEC re­gion and the take-off of HYPPADEC.

The group, which has rep­re­sen­ta­tives from six states, Kebbi, Plateau, Benue, Kwara, Kogi and Niger was formed in 2008 to sen­si­tise and en­cour­age youths to­wards the es­tab­lish­ment of HYPPADEC.

The group has made con­sid­er­able con­tri­bu­tions to­wards the pas­sage of the HYPPADEC bill by the 6th Na­tional As­sem­bly and as­sented to by Pres­i­dent Jonathan in Au­gust 2010.

NERC Chair­man, Dr. Sam Amadi stated that the Com­mis­sion was well aware of their plight and has al­ready put in place proac­tive mea­sures for HYPPADEC to take-off.

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