FG to en­er­gise ru­ral ar­eas with small hy­dro plants

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The min­is­ter of Power, Works and Hous­ing, Ba­batunde Fashola, has in­au­gu­rated a com­mit­tee to brain­storm on how to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity from eight small hy­dro plants in Nige­ria.

The plants se­lected in­clude Tiga, Challawa dams in Kano State, Omi-Kampe in Kogi, and Jibiya zone dams in Katsina State. Oth­ers are Bakalori in Zam­fara, Doma in Nasarawa and Ikere Gorge in Oyo State.

The com­mit­tee which has 45 days to sub­mit its re­port said the eight dams were cho­sen from 45 small hy­dro dams in the coun­try.

Fashola said their terms in­clude pro­cure­ment pro­ce­dure civil and me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing works, tak­ing cog­nizance of to works al­ready done and what needed to be done to quickly com­plete the projects.

He said the as­sign­ment of quickly en­er­giz­ing th­ese small dams is con­sis­tent with the tar­get of govern­ment, that by year 2020 at least the en­ergy mix for re­new­able en­ergy sources would be 30%.

“We must touch the lives of peo­ple in the ru­ral ar­eas by im­prov­ing their econ­omy through deep­en­ing of their ac­cess to elec­tric­ity,” Fashola also said.

Mem­ber­ship of the in­ter­a­gency com­mit­tee is drawn from the min­istries of Min­eral Re­sources, Pe­tro­leum, Wa­ter Re­sources, En­vi­ron­ment, Agri­cul­ture, Bu­reau of Pub­lic En­ter­prises, (BPE), and the In­fra­struc­ture Con­ces­sion Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (ICRC).

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