FG to energise rural areas with small hydro plants
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).