From Yakubu Mustapha Minna
The Niger state government has said that it’s working in collaboration with the other states in partnership with the federal government to realize the effective take- off of HYPADEC Commission within the shortest time.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello disclosed this yesterday at a one day workshop titled ‘the diversitating effect of flood disaster on HYPADEC communities affected along this River Banks’ held in Minna the state capital.
Governor Bello stated that the takeoff of the commission will drastically cushion the effect of the annual flooding disaster of the affected communities and will reduced unnecessary loss of lives, destruction of farmlands and loss of livelihood of the people.
He called on the federal government especially federal ministry of power to urgently expedite action on the constitution of the Board members to the HYPADEC Commission and other necessary appointments.
Represented by the deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso said that the bill has been signed into law since 2013, urging the ministry of power to make budgetary allocation for the smooth running of the Commission Secretariat to discharge its functions as established.
Bello appealed to the traditional leaders to preach peace to their communities on the need for harmonious coexistence and not to vandalized or destroyed the installations located in their communities hence the expected provision of the necessary corporate and social responsibility to communities.
He added that the state Committee on the Zungeru Dam have successfully paid compensation on cash crops and economic trees to over 35 out of 98 immediate dam communities, arrangements are been concluded for the resettlement of these communities.
In his remarks, the Secretary to the State Government SSG, Hon. Ibrahim Isah Ladan assured the full implementation of the deliberation at the workshop, adding that it should also come up with the best report and response to the needs of the host communities before, during and after the flooding.
Ladan charged for direct share the maximum effect of the devastation and for government to be more informed on how best to tackle the challenges when it occurred because the state bears the burden of annual flooding as a result of annual flooding from the hydro power generation in the state.
According to him, “Over time, the effects of flooding on the host communities on both upstream and downstream of the HYPADEC communities have been devastating hence the need to come together as stakeholders to review and sensitize each other.
Continuing, ‘on how to mitigate the effect of some of these disasters occasioned by the actualization of the dams,” he stated.