Nigerian government says Small Hydropower Projects will soon be introduced using existing dams to address power needs of the rural populace across the country.
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said this when he received a delegation of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology who visited the Ministry on Oversight and Investigative function in Abuja, Nigeria.
According to him, two dams, Oyan dam and Ikere Gorge dam were selected for the Pilot Scheme while the Ministry is also making efforts to improve and expand the scope to cover other parts of the country.
Dr. Onu also briefed the committee on the 774 Young Scientists Award of the Ministry, adding that the programme was initiated to encourage young Nigerians to take interest in Science Subjects as a way of promoting Science, Technology and Innovation in the Country.
The programme which he said was competitive, merit-based and transparent afforded opportunity for every Local Government Areas for participation.
Dr. Onu further assured that the Ministry will continue to improve on the programme and ensure effective participation of all and sundry.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Professor Robert Ajayi Borrofice, said the Committee came on a Special Oversight visit to find out what the Ministry had done with 2018 budget appropriation as well as its progress on the 2019 budget proposal.
He said the Committee will visit project sites to ensure everything was done in line with the spirit of transparency and the fiscal Responsibility best practices.
He therefore urged the Ministry to update the Committee on its Cluster Village Technology project, Waste � to � Wealth Programme as well as its Renewable Energy Programme.
Source: Voice of Nigeria