The Hydro Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC), passed into law by the sixth Senate and assented to by President Goodluck Jonathan, would soon become operational, the Senate President David Mark, has assured.
Many prominent people from the HYPPADEC states of north central Nigeria have been calling for the take-off of the commission.
The Senate President’s assurance was coming on the heels of the appeal by the Niger State Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, that HYPPADEC should as a matter of urgency become operational.
Babangida made the appeal yesterday in Katcha Local Government Area when Senator Zainab Kure gave out some poverty eradication and intervention materials to the people of Niger South Senatorial District.
Reacting to the governor’s appeal, Mark revealed that with the pressure from Senator Kure as the Chairman of the Maritime Committee of the Senate, he was sure that the HYPPADEC law would soon come into operation.
The Senate President also said that the Baro Port and the ongoing road projects linking Agaie–Katcha– Baro would soon be completed to give impetus to economic activities in the area.
“Let me assure you that we will do everything to see to the operation of HYPPADEC, completion of Baro Port and the Agaie-Katcha-Baro road,” he said, adding that as a former governor of Niger State, he saw himself as another senator from the state.
Earlier, Governor Aliyu had urged the Senate and the federal government to ensure that funds were provided for HYPPADEC to become operational, just as he called for the completion of the road from Agaie to the proposed inland port in Baro.
While commending Senator Kure for her various intervention programmes to reduce poverty and ensure economic empowerment of her people, Aliyu called on the electorate to demand quality service as being provided by the senator.
Zainab, who donated 400 assorted items for skills acquisition and 10 tractors to the people, said that she would continue to intensify effort in persuading relevant authorities to be more committed to the dredging of River Niger and expansion of work at Baro Port, as well as ensuring the success of HYPPADEC.