The Federal Government has assured that hydro power generation in Nigerian will be boosted by 700mw to increase hydropower output from its current 1930mw to 2630mw next year. This will be a step to achieving a potential of 12, 220mw expected from hydro-power generation as outlined in the nation’s power output marshal plan.
The expected 700mw is to be harnessed from 14 completed dams and would be added to the 1930mw generated from Kainji, Shiroro and Jebba dams.
The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu revealed this over the weekend while presiding over a ministerial retreat with directors and stakeholders in the water sector on how to produce a desired road map for delivery of water and water related services.
According to the minister, the hydro option presents a good potential in the nation’s overall energy mix and security, explaining that, “There is need to develop other sources of national income, as a means of generating jobs and wealth creation. Currently, only 15% of the 3.1 million of irrigable land is equipped with facilities for all year round.”
Engr. Adamu said government is also determined to improve power generation, for which hydro potential is put at about 12,220megawatts.
“To date 1,930mw of hydropower potential has been developed from three dams; Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro. The hydropower option therefore presents a good potential in the nation’s overall energy mix and security.”
Suleiman also stressed the need to fully harness Nigeria’s water resources potential to boost other sectors of the country. He stated that Nigeria’s water resources, if properly harnessed, can boost socio-economic activities in the country.
“Nigeria’s water resources can therefore adequately support domestic, industrial, agricultural, hydropower, transportation, recreation and many other uses, if properly harnessed,” he said, maintaining that, considering the drastic decline in earnings from petroleum products, agriculture will be a major focus of this administration.
In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, Mrs. Rabi Jimeta said the retreat will go a long way in setting the right direction for the water sector by harnessing all available resources.
She therefore enjoined all participants to make the retreat lively through active participation and making relevant contributions.

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