Governor Umaru Bago has urged the Federal Government to allocate a 13 percent derivation share to Niger State in recognition of its contribution to supplying electricity through four hydropower dams within the state.
He made this appeal during a meeting with the Federal Commissioner of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons, Tijjani Ahmed, and other officials at the Government House in Minna, the state capital.
The governor proposed a roundtable discussion to address these issues or suggested that the Government of Niger State might consider suspending power supply from the hydropower dams until their demands are met. Governor Bago expressed concern about the significant displacement of residents in the state due to the dams’ water overflow and called for organizations like the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited to compensate the state for hydrocarbon resources.
Furthermore, Governor Bago emphasized the state’s historical contributions, including the provision of land for the nation’s capital, Abuja. He expressed disappointment over the prolonged Suleja-Minna road dualization project and demanded its swift completion, given the state’s strategic position as a gateway between northern and southern Nigeria. The governor firmly stated that Niger State would no longer accept marginalization and vowed to persistently advocate for its demands until they receive the necessary attention from the Federal Government.
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