More com­pen­sa­tion for 700mw Zungeru hy­dropower vic­tims ready’

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Fed­eral Min­istry of Power has said the com­pen­sa­tion process for the on­go­ing 700megawatts (mw) Zungeru Hy­dropower in Niger State is on­go­ing as funds are ready for dis­burse­ment.

A di­rec­tor in the min­istry who is privy to the pro­ceed­ings told Daily Trust that the min­istry is work­ing ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tives. He said the var­i­ous com­pen­sa­tions have been pro­cessed and monies would soon be dis­bursed by the bank to the at­tor­neys and the state gov­ern­ment.

The of­fi­cial, who main­tained that he was not au­tho­rised to speak, said: “All the eval­u­a­tions that we did have been pro­cessed and man­dates have been sub­mit­ted to the bank for pay­ment. Un­for­tu­nately, there is some de­lay to mak­ing that pay­ment. Ini­tially we started the pay­ment for ev­ery­one that will be af­fected by the reser­voir,” he said.

Ex­plain­ing the pay­ment process, he said: “We are pay­ing three emi­rates: Minna, Ka­gara and Kon­tagora emi­rate coun­cils. The one up­stream falls un­der Minna Emi­rate. They will be dis­placed when the wa­ters come in 2017 when the dam will be com­pleted and there will be im­pound­ment.

“The one where the con­trac­tor is work­ing now is un­der the Ka­gara Emi­rate and that is who the con­sul­tants are at­tend­ing to now. For the Minna Emi­rate, their money has been pro­cessed and we gave them a copy of the bank man­date. Any­time soon, the money will be cred­ited to their ac­count.

On the re­set­tle­ment of peo­ple in the dam area, he said, “There are 35 sites around the dam. The sites have been as­sessed and com­pen­sa­tions cal­cu­lated. The money will be trans­ferred to the Niger State ac­count to pay and the man­date is in the bank too. The state gov­ern­ment is aware as we have writ­ten a let­ter to them.

“The court gave an or­der and we have re­sponded. These are things they said we should do. We have com­mu­ni­cated to them by send­ing a let­ter to the Emir of Minna and the state gov­ern­ment stat­ing all that the min­istry had done,” the of­fi­cial said.

He stressed that the bank credit alerts would come in shortly when the bud­get is re­leased.

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