The Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission has reported that at least 350 lives were lost to boat mishaps in Nigeria in 2020.
The Chairman of the Governing Council of HYPPADEC, Joseph Ityav, made this known on Saturday in Borgu, Niger State, at the flag-off of the cutting of tree logs and removal of huge debris on Kainji and Shiroro Lakes which was being executed in partnership with the National Inland Waterways Corporation.
According to Ityav, most of the problems on poor conditions of boats, overloading, unavailability of life jackets and the prevalence of tree logs were caused by waterways.
He added that the cutting of the tree logs and removal of debris would reduce boat mishaps and other difficulties faced by riverine communities.
The Managing Director of HYPPADEC, Abubakar Yelwa, while making his remarks said the Commission would address ecological and environmental issues, loss of lives which resulted from the construction of the Kainji and Shiroro Dams.
Yelwa further acknowledged and commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly for signing the Act setting up HYPPADEC, which officially commenced operations in 2020 to address challenges of impacted communities.
Senate Deputy Chief Whip, Abdullahi Sabi, who represented the Chairman Senate committee on Power, Senator Gabriel Suswan at the ceremony, said that HYPPADEC’s projects would help to address challenges faced by communities in the hydro-power generating areas,adding that, the National Assembly would also continue to support HYPPADEC to achieve its goals and objectives.