A steering Committee to look at the viability of using smaller dams scattered all over the country to generate electricity for specific purposes and for rural areas has been put in place by the Federal Government. Power, Works and Housing Minister, Babatunde Fashola, discloses that the smaller dams can also serve a mixed use apart from providing potable water for the people and that this is the rationale behind the decision of the Federal Government setting up the committee.
With a vision set to move from incremental Power to steady and then uninterrupted, the Federal Government had set a target that needs to ensure that the Nations’ power generation capacity moves up gradually so that the power available for distribution will indeed lead to steady and later stable power supply. With this in mind the government had blazed the trail with the signing of a power purchase agreement for 1100mw of solar power but now the next step towards the incremental power supply leg of the three pronged approach is the setting up of a steering committee on hydro-power prospects from smaller dams.
This according to the Power, Works and Housing Minister is to generate about 45mw for specific purposes and in rural areas.