Senate probes delay in takeoff of power-producing areas commission


Worried that the Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPPADEC) is yet to take off nine years after it was legalised, the Senate on Wednesday ordered an investigation.

This decision was made after a motion moved by Bima Muhammad Enagi (APC, Niger South) explained how, in three years, over N600 million was budgeted for the commission in spite of it not up and running.

“The sum of N354,570,637, N247,500,000 and N10,106,632 were appropriated in 2011, 2014 and 2015 budgets respectively for the commission, while nothing was allocated in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018 budgets,” Mr Enagi said.

With these appropriations not properly accounted for, untold hardship has been brought on the people of the commission’s member states, he added.

Upon passage, the…



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