FG denies conflict with 700mw Zungeru host communities

Minister of State for Power, Zainab Ibrahim Kuchi, has debunked insinuation that there are unresolved issues on the 700 mega watts Zungeru Hydro project with the Niger State Government and the locals living in the project area.

Kuchi in a statement in Abuja reiterated the determination of the Federal Government to adhere to implementation plans of the project to ensure its completion in record time.

She stressed that all the parties are working together to make a success of the project which ground breaking ceremony was conducted by President Goodluck Jonathan last month.

She further said that both officials of the Ministry and Community Resettlement Consultants, are working on ascertaining and confirming the number of affected persons, noting that very soon they will be done with the issuing of identification cards to those that would be genuinely affected as captured by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Report, and thereafter they will be captured through biometric, prior to valuation of their compensation claims.

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The Minister assured that thorough work has been done in the three affected Local Government Areas namely; Wushishi, Shiroro and Rafi, stressing that the report had identified about 90 villages as communities that would be affected by the project.

“During the exercise, the Ministry of Power, and the Consultants, Messrs Mohammed & Co. and George Nze & Co. will engage with the State Ministry of Lands, Local Governments and the locals in the affected areas to ensure that no one is short changed in the exercise”, she added.

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