19 March 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, HYPPADEC, has embarked on advocacy visit to three out of the six states within it jurisdiction to interact with host communities on how to mitigate floods from destroying farms during the raining season.
Managing Director of the Commission, Alh. Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa stated this in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Abuja after inspection of some Dams in Plateau, Niger and Benue states.
Alh Sadiq Yelwa said the Commission intended to raise the living standard of host communities especially women and youths in all areas where hydro dams are located.
The Managing Director pledged the Commission’s readiness to work with host communities to provide physical development.
” My Commission has adopted measures aimed at improving the living condition of host communities in the country” Alh. Yelwa added.
He said one of the sole responsibility of the Commission was to provide economic sustainability to host communities of hydroelectric dam with a clear emphasis on youths and women.
“We want to encourage the youths to be employers of labour and not labourers”
Alh. Yelwa who stated that the Commission has put in place a vocational skills program to empower the youths by learning various skills that will make them self reliant added that the Commission also provide starter kits for them to start their own businesses.
He noted that the Commission would roll out programmes that would address youth restiveness and unemployment in the country.
Speaking on some host communities where these hydroelectricity dams are located not having access to light, the Manging Director described it as shocking and unacceptable.
He said the act setting up the Commission had made adequate provisions for more states to be included into its activities apart from the initial six states.