The National Headquarters Building of the Hydro-electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), named after the late Senator Dahiru Kuta, was officially opened on Wednesday by Niger’s Governor Abubakar Bello. The complex cost N303 million.
Additionally, Mr. Bello unveiled 12 functional utility cars for the commission’s efficient operations, Stechitegist Media reports.
At the occasion in Minna, Mr. Bello exhorted the commission to work quickly to find long-term solutions to the flood tragedy that plagues riverine towns in their operational zones.
He said that the commission will help the nation’s flood-prone regions and other regions.
“The commission’s work is very crucial. Water kills people and destroys their homes every year.
The governor expressed his satisfaction with the commission’s dedication to addressing the concerns of communities affected by floods and other issues.
The headquarters structure was built with more than N303 million, according to the managing director of HYPPADEC, Abubakar Yelwa, to provide a favorable working environment for top performance.
He said that the commission was created primarily to handle ecological and environmental issues in the nation’s power-producing regions.
The launch of the commission in 2021, according to Mr. Yelwa, has heightened residents’ expectations.
The managing director stated that plans were in the works to include Kaduna, Gombe, and Taraba states to the commission’s existing six states since hydro dams had a similar negative influence on their biological systems.
According to him, Niger state’s Shiroro and Zunguru dams receive water from the Kaduna River.
Mr. Yelwa further mentioned that Gombe was also affected by flooding and that Taraba would soon be home to Nigeria’s biggest hydroelectric dam.
In order to serve the states of Kwara, Kebbi, Kogi, and Niger, HYPPADEC was founded in 2010.
Later, in 2013, the commission’s charter was modified to add the states of Plateau and Benue.
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