The Federal Government of Nigeria has set machinery in motion to ensure swift take-off of the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) with a view to addressing the perennial challenge of flooding.
The project would also in the management of other ecological menace ravaging the people in the areas, according to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN.
Malami made this known in Argungu while paying a sympathy visit to the people of Kebbi State that were recently affected by flood.
A statement issued by Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said the minister was touched by the plight of the people.
According to the Minister, in the recent past Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Plateau and similar states of the federation have been experiencing annual flooding of the River Niger and its tributaries of the three hydro-electricity dams in Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro rresulting in unquantifiable afflictions, including loss of lives, property, agricultural produce, land degradation, shelters, farms and environments.
The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (Establishment, Etc,) Act, 2010 (No. 87 of 2010), provides that the
Commission shall, among other things:
(a) formulate policies and guidelines for the development of hydroelectric power producing areas;
(b) carry out a survey of hydroelectric power producing areas in order to ascertain measures which arc necessary to promote its physical
(c) prepare schemes designed to promote the physical developments of the hydroelectric power producing areas:
(d) implement all measures approved for development of hydroelectric power producing areas by the Federal Government; and,
(e) tackle ecological problems that arise from overloading of dams in the hydroelectric power producing areas and advise Federal and State Governments on the prevention and control of floods and environmental hazards.
Malami, who sympathized with the people, the emir and the emirates over the incident, prayed for Allah’s intervention against reoccurance of
The Minister, in collaboration with his two non-governmental organizations, handed over a cash denotation of N1.5m naira and N1m to Argungu and Augie communities respectively and promised that his two Non-Governmental Organizations of Kadi Malami Foundation and Khadimiyya for Justice and Development would directly reach out to the affected communities and offer them
humanitarian support and assistance.