The Nigerian Senate has mandated its Committee on Legislative Compliance to investigate the delay in takeoff of the Hydro Electric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (HYPADEC) after nine years of its passage into law.
The upper chamber while mandating the committee to probe the utilization of six hundred and twelve point one-seven million naira appropriated to the Commission so far, directed the panel to report back to the Senate within four weeks.
The upper chamber, sequel to the consideration of a motion to that effect, also urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, constitute the Commission and make funds available for it in the 2020 budget.
Senator Muhammad Enagi Bima (APC, Niger South) who sponsored the motion, noted that the Act establishing HYPADEC charged it with the responsibility of managing ecological menace due to operation of dams and other hydroelectric power activities.
According to him, the Act establishing the Commission was passed by the Seventh National Assembly in 2010 and signed into law by President Goodluck Jonathan.
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