Bud­gets for hy­dropower com­mis­sion not yet ac­cessed – Min­istry

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Fed­eral Min­istry of Power has said it was yet to ac­cess money ap­pro­pri­ated for the Hy­dro Power Pro­duc­ing Ar­eas De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion (HYPPADEC).

The min­istry’s spokesman, Ti­mothy Oyedeji said this in a re­ac­tion to Daily Trust pub­li­ca­tion last week in­di­cat­ing that be­tween 2012 and 2015, over N700mil­lion was bud­geted for the com­mis­sion which is yet to op­er­ate.

In a state­ment, the of­fi­cial said the for­mer Min­is­ter of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo had said no money would be ac­cessed un­til the com­mis­sion takes off.

The min­istry dis­closed that the list of nom­i­nees for the Com­mis­sion had been sent to the Pres­i­dency for ap­proval, “un­for­tu­nately the for­mer ad­min­is­tra­tion could not ap­prove the said list un­til the end of its ten­ure.

“As part of Gov­ern­ment ef­forts, the Min­istry of Power has con­sis­tently as­sisted HYPPADEC Sec­re­tar­iat with fur­nish­ing of a struc­ture do­nated by Niger State Gov­ern­ment in Minna for its take-off. It is in­struc­tive to state that any­thing so done at HYPPADEC Sec­re­tar­iat by the Min­istry is not from the Com­mis­sion’s bud­get as er­ro­neously por­trayed,” he said.

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Buses sent by Borno gov­ern­ment to evac­u­ate in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons from their camp in Fu­fore Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Adamawa to Maiduguri yesterday. NAN

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