Niger de­mands 13% deriva­tion from power gen­er­ated from hy­dro dams

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Haruna, Minna

The Niger State Gov­ern­ment is de­mand­ing 13 per cent deriva­tion in the al­lo­ca­tion of elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from the na­tion’s three hy­dro-elec­tric­ity dams lo­cated in the state.

The State Gov­er­nor, Al­haji Abubakar Sani Bello made the de­mand yes­ter­day in Minna at a stake­hold­ers meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of com­mu­ni­ties host­ing the dams and com­pa­nies in power gen­er­a­tion, trans­mis­sion and dis­tri­bu­tion.

The state, which has been in vir­tual black­out for close to three months now, has seen busi­ness and do­mes­tic ac­tiv­i­ties paral­ysed.

Wor­ried by the po­ten­tial threat to peace and se­cu­rity which the in­ces­sant black­out posed to the state, Gov­er­nor Sani Bello con­vened the meet­ing with a view iden­ti­fy­ing and find­ing so­lu­tions to the prob­lem.

Bello faulted the eq­ui­table dis­tri­bu­tion of power from the na­tional grid, stress­ing that the era of eq­ui­table shar­ing of the coun­try’s en­dow­ments was, un­for­tu­nately, long gone. “Some­thing ex­tra should be given to the state, which is what the host com­mu­ni­ties and my peo­ple are say­ing”, he added.

Also speak­ing for the com­mu­ni­ties host­ing the three dams in the state, Mrs. Rose­line Abara, who is the State Com­mis­sioner for Gen­der Af­fairs, lamented that in­abil­ity of the man­age­ment of the dams to meet their cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to the host com­mu­ni­ties had con­tin­ued to heighten ten­sion in the ar­eas.

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