The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu on Wednesday said that the Federal Government is partnering the North South Power Company Ltd., in the development of existing dams for power generation.
Adamu said “The ministry is thinking toward that direction of partnership with the private sector in the development of the new and existing infrastructure in the sector for the small hydro power schemes’’. He added that the ministry in partnership with the Ministry of Power had set up a steering committee on the concession of small hydro power schemes for adequate power generation. According to him, the committee will come up with regulations and information that would attract would-be investors into the sector.
The Chairman of the company, Malam Ibrahim Aliyu said the partnership would be targeted toward building of powerhouses and installing electro-mechanical components to generate power from some of the dams. He said the 30megawatt Gurara 1 Hydropower plant in Kaduna, 10mw Tiga dam Hydro Power plant in Kano, 10mw Oyan dam Hydro Power plant in Ogun, have been identified to be used in power generation. Others are the 8mw Challawa dam Hydro Power plant in Kano and 6mw Ikere dam Hydro Power plant in Oyo state.