UNIDO asks for more commitment to hydro power development

The Officer in charge of United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Regional Office, Nigeria, Dr. Chuma Ezedinma has called on state governments to show more commitment by partnering with it in harnessing the vast rivers and streams across the country for hydro power generation, Leadership reports.

The call was made while Ezedinma was speaking at a one day seminar on small hydro power development in Nigeria under the framework of UNIDO/GEF project on “Scaling up small hydro power in Nigeria.” He explained that the objective of the seminar, which was organized by UNIDO in collaboration with Energy Commission of Nigeria and the Ministry of Environment, is to identify small hydro power developers and investors that UNIDO can collaborate with for the development of potential small hydro projects sites in Nigeria.

Ezedinwa stressed that a major challenge with the project in Nigeria is how to get stakeholders, especially states and local government authorities to be active partners in the development of hydro power projects. He explained that UNIDO has studies of over 200 sites that can be harnessed into small hydros that are capable of generating about 3.1MW and emphasised the need for all stakeholders to commit to the project.

 

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