The Niger State Government has demanded 13 per cent derivation in the allocation of electricity generated from the nation’s three hydro-electricity dams located in the state.
The State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, made the demand yesterday in Minna, the state capital, at a stakeholders meeting with representatives of communities hosting the dams and companies in power generation, transmission and distribution.
Niger is currently home to the Jebba, Shiroro and Kainji hydro-electric power dams.
The state, which has been in virtual blackout for almost three months now, has seen business and domestic activities crippled.
Worried by the potential threat to peace, security and the economy, which the incessant blackout posed to the state, Governor Bello convened the meeting with a view to identifying and proffering lasting solutions to the problem.
Bello, who faulted the equitable distribution of power from the national grid, stressed that the era of equitable sharing of the country’s endowments was, unfortunately, long gone.
“Something extra should be given to the state, which is what the host communities and my people are saying”, he added.
Also speaking for the communities hosting the three dams in the state, Mrs. Roseline Abara, who is the State Commissioner for Gender Affairs, decried the inability of the management of the dams to meet their corporate social responsibility to the host communities, a development, she noted, had continued to heighten tension in the areas.