Besides its normal share from the national grid, Niger State government is demanding 13 percent derivation allocation of electricity generated from three electricity generating hydro dams – Shiroro, Jebba and Kainji – all located in the state.
Governor Sani Bello during a crucial stakeholders’ meeting with representatives of communities hosting the three dams, power generating, transmission and distribution companies which took place at Government House, Minna, demanded that Niger State be given 13 per cent derivation. He lamented that despite the fact that Niger State is hosting the nation’s three major dams, citizens for almost three months now have been in darkness, paralysing both business and domestic activities without any convincing reason from those who should know, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
Worried by the potential threats to peace and security to lives and property the incessant blackout poses to citizens, Governor Bello said he decided to convene a meeting of major stakeholders with a view to not only identifying but also finding solutions to the problem as it affects the government and people of the state. He expressed the hope that the outcome of the meeting would translate into improved electricity situation after waiting for months expecting that power would improve but it was, instead getting worse thereby painting a picture of hopelessness.