HYPADEC To Commence Intervention Projects In Benue State

By Terna Injua – Makurdi

The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, HYPADEC is to commence intervention in education, health and erosion control projects in seven local government areas of Benue State.

The Local Governments are Buruku, Kwande, Katsina Ala, Agatu, Guma, Makurdi and Gwer West.

Chairman of HYPADEC, Mr. Terfa Ityav stated this at a stakeholders interactive forum held at Government House, Makurdi.

The stakeholders interactive forum was put together for the chairman and members of HYPADEC to interact and inform the people about the needs assessment the commission had carried out in the affected communities.

Chairman of HYPADEC, Mr. Terfa Ityav stated that the commission identified education, health and erosion control projects based on the needs assessment as likely areas that would positively affect the people.

The HYPADEC Chairman who maintained that the intervention projects would commence very soon noted that the commission would also train about four hundred youths in skills acquisition in the affected local governments.

Managing Director of HYPADEC, Mr. Abubakar Yelwa disclosed that Benue State Government had already committed five hundred million naira as part of its contribution as required by the HYPADEC law.

Governor Samuel Ortom, represented by his Deputy, Engineer Benson Abounu expressed appreciation to the commission for the intervention but appealed that it should not take long for the people to see the projects.

Some of the stakeholders including, Tor Lobi, Chief Moses Anageende and Ter Tyoshim, Chief Daniel Abomtse appealed to the federal government to deal with the problem of herdsmen militia who have occupied some communities to enable the people have access to the projects.

Earlier in a power point presentation on the needs assessment and community mapping, HYPADEC Program Director, Dr. Muhammad Alkali summit among others that there was need for mitigation activities to reduce the risk of flooding before it occurs.

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