Hope rises amongst communities in the River Niger flood plain when the Federal Government announced yesterday that the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) will become operational to curtail perennial challenge of flooding, and manage other ecological menace ravaging the people in the area.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) during his visit to Argungu to empathize with the people of Kebbi State recently affected by flood.
According to a statement issued yesterday by the minister’s spokesman, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, in the recent past, Kebbi, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Plateau and similar states have been experiencing annual flooding arising from the River Niger and its tributaries because of the three hydro-electricity dams built at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro.
This, he said, has led to the loss of lives, property, agricultural produce, environmental degradation and destruction of shelters.
According to Malami, the HYPPADEC (Establishment, Etc,) Act, 2010 (No. 87 of 2010), was created to formulate policies and guidelines for the development of hydroelectric power producing areas.
“It was to carry out a survey of hydroelectric power producing areas in order to ascertain measures which are necessary to promote its physical development; to prepare schemes designed to promote the physical developments of the hydroelectric power producing areas; and to implement all measures approved for development of hydroelectric power producing areas by the Federal Government
Malami said also the commission would 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.