Upon the completion of the Zungeru Hydro Power Plant situated in Zungeru, Niger State, 700 Megawatts of electricity would be generated and added to the national grid.
This is according to Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing in a statement issued by the Deputy Director of the ministry, Etore Thomas.
This statement was made by Emmanuel Ajayi, Director, Energy Resources in the ministry, who represented the Minister while inspecting the work done at the project site in Zungeru, Niger State.
The minister revealed that the project is one of the biggest hydro power projects in the entire country. The project is being undertaken by a consortium of major Chinese companies.
“It is a great and feasible feat that would boost the provision of electricity supply nation-wide.
“It is a good omen for the attainment of the present administration’s thrust of providing incremental, sustainable and uninterrupted power supply which Nigerians are yearning for.”
He commended the partners involved in the execution of the project for the work done and urged the host communities to maintain peace.
He assured the people displaced by the project that the government had put in place the modalities by which they would be duly compensated and relocated.
In his address, the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, represented by the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Abdulmalik Cheche said, “Niger State is housing yet another power project of 700MW; apart from the three other power projects already sited in the state, namely, Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro,”
He commended the Federal Government for the project, noting that it had already created over 5,000 employment opportunities for the host communities.
Mr Bello said that the deployment of soldiers to the site was to protect the huge investment made.
The Vice President, SinoHydro Consortium, Xiao Jun, one of the contracting companies handling the project, said the company would maintain the project in line with the contract agreement.