The Hydroelectric Power Development Commission, HYPPADEC, has embarked on a five day Governing Council retreat in Port Harcourt the Rivers State capital.
The retreat with the theme: “A Roadmap to a Sustainable Impact is aimed at helping the Commission to better understand the enormity of the work ahead.
The retreat is also to expose the principal officers of the commission to some of the errors of government intervention agencies that has failed in the past, and equip them to avoid such errors
Chairman of Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, Mr. Ekpo Nta who delivered the keynote address at the opening of the retreat urged the Commission to develop a long term mission and vision plan that would guide it such as having understanding of the act that set up the Commission, partnership with local and foreign partners, staff training based on competence and development of special skills for the task ahead.
Mr. Nta appealed to the Commission to always ensure that promises made to the people are fulfilled.
“The Commission was not set up to look after the personal needs of management and staff but to attend to the environmental challenges faced by the states covered by the Commission” Mr. Nta stressed.
Declaring the retreat open, Chairman of the Governing Council of HYPPADEC, Mr. Joseph Tarfa-Ityav noted that management and staff were already learning from some of the failed interventionist agencies and were making sure that HYPPADEC succeeds especially with the high level of infrastructural deficit.
Managing Director of the Commission, Abubakar Sadiq-Yelwa while welcoming participants to the retreat, said the challenges facing communities in the states covered by commission were enormous.
He however said in spite of the challenges, the commission had already hit the ground running by providing basic necessities of life to the people of the six benefiting states.
“We have identified over one hundred and fifty communities with immediate need of portable water, we are also compiling the list of intelligent but indigent students, who cannot pay their tuition fees and we are trying to address that” Yelwa added
Hydroelectric Power Development Commission, HYPPADEC was set up about ten years ago to serve as an interventionist agency for states affected by the operations of Hydroelectric Dams in the country; namely Niger, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Benue and Plateau states.
The 5 day retreat is expected to produce a strategic work plan for the commission from 2022 to 2026.
By Kingsley Izejiobi