N-HYPPADEC, Niger govt express satisfaction on housing projects for flood victims

THE National- Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (N-HYPPADEC) and the Niger Government have commended the quality of job in the ongoing construction of houses for flood victims in the state.

Alhaji Abubakar Yelwa, Managing Director, N-HYPPADEC and Alhaji Mohammed Muregi, the representative of the state government and Coordinator Muregi resettlement centre said this on Sunday in Mokwa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

They said this during an inspection visit to the project sites among other projects such as borehole and completion of a block of three classrooms with office accommodation in some communities in the area.

Yelwa said,  “We are satisfied with the quality and level of work done.

We will make sure that the supervision and monitoring of the project will be sustained to ensure the specifications in the contract are met.”

He said the project was suspended in May and June this year due to the escalation of prices of building materials which necessitated the review of the contracts.

“After reviewing the contract by the board of N-HYPPADEC, you can see that the contractors have resumed work,” he said.

Yelwa reiterated the commitment of the commission to provide other social amenities such as potable water, renovation and building of additional classrooms and solar street lights to ensure security in the area.

“All these and more will boost the socio-economic activities of the people,” he said.

The managing director said that the new Muregi community would also be selected to benefit from its mini grid of electricity, when resources improved.

He recalled that the new Muregi resettlement project was inaugurated in 1999 by the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, but was later abandoned until the intervention of N-HYPPADEC.

Yelwa maintained that the projects, which have been reviewed with additional cost would be completed by the end of December this year.

He said the same resettlement centre’s projects ongoing in Mokwa and Shiroro Local Government Areas of the  state were aimed at ending the plight of flood victims within the HYPPADEC states in the country.

Yelwa also inspected a block of three classrooms with an office accommodation at completion stage in Kyapi community in Edati Local Government area of the state.

He said that the project was one of the 50 educational projects for 2023 in its area of operations.

The managing director said the commission would also provide learning materials such as writing materials, textbooks and computers for the schools in its areas of operations.

Yelwa said the commission would partner with 10 states in its areas of operations and higher institutions to establish study centres at local communities to create opportunity for further education of the rural dwellers

Also speaking, Muregi said the ongoing projects on the site were carried out accordding to their specifications.

Muregi, who also expressed satisfaction with the projects, appreciated the foresight of the commission in ending the suffering of the people of the community over the years.

He added that the specifications for the projects were being maintained through sustainable supervision to ensure standard in order to have value for the money spent.

Muregi said the state government provided land, security and an enabling environment, among others .

Dr Abdullahi Alfa, Village Head of Muregi community thanked the Federal Government, N-HYPPADEC and the state government for the invaluable gesture to end the negative effect of flooding on his people over the years.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that N-HYPPADEC is collaborating with Niger  Government to construct 120 housing units in Muregi and 40 housing units in Ketso communities, in resettlement centres in Mokwa LGA of the state.

Also, 30 units of such houses would be constructed for other flood disaster victims in Shiroro LGA of the state.

NAN also reports that the 10 benefiting states under the N-HYPPADEC intervention programmes include Niger, Kogi, Kwara, Benue, Kebbi, Plateau, Taraba, Gombe, Kaduna and Nasarawa.

N-HYPPADEC was established by an Act of the National Assembly in 2010 to address ecological challenges caused by the operations of hydroelectric dams in its areas of operations.



November 13, 2023 @ 6:08 GMT|