The Kogi State Coordinator of Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission, HYPPADEC, Engr. Mrs. Joan Oguche, has described the establishment of the Commission as a blessing to the State with the positive impact it has thus far made in the lives of the people.
The Kogi State Coordinator made the disclosure while X-raying the activities of the Commission, praised President Mohammadu Buhari for the actualization of the Commission, also lauded the efforts of the Managing Director, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Yelwa, who she disclosed has been working tirelessly to actualize the mandate of the Commission.
Engr. Mrs Joan disclosed that the Commission has embarked on free medical program in HYPPADEC Local Government Areas of Kogi State since coming on board, pointing out that the intervention has gone a long way in assisting the citizens in no small measures in there health needs.
The Coordinator added that the Commission has equally carried out several empowerment programs with the aim of improving the well-being of the people, described the coming of HYPPADEC as a blessing to the people of Kogi State.
Similarly, the Commission she explained has begun a Youth Transformation Program aimed at empowering Youths in different skills of there choices, said about 700 hundred Youths are presently undergoing training.
Engr. Mrs Joan added that the Commission has also assisted and empowered farmers living in the riverine areas with fertilizers, said the efforts is to aid increased production, further added that the Commission has also distributed bags of rice to cushion the effect of poverty in HYPPADEC Local Government Areas.
While pointing out that the Commission is equally concerned about security, Engr. Mrs Joan further revealed that several motorcycles to aid in securing communities in HYPPADEC Local Government Areas have been distributed by the Commission in the State.
In the area of Education, HYPPADEC, Engr. Mrs Joan disclosed has concluded arrangements for the Commission to soon pay the school fees of Tertiary Institution Students in the State who are from the catchment areas.
The Kogi State Coordinator disclosed that the Commission has paid the school fees of about 2000 students from the State as well as paid the WAEC/NECO fees of students in HYPPADEC Local Government Areas since inception, described the coming of the Commission as a blessing that cannot be quantified.
While sympathising with citizens of the State affected by the flooding, Engr. Mrs. Joan assured that the Commission is working on immediate and long term measures that will tackle the perennial flooding always experienced by the people.
She disclosed that efforts like building more dams and the creating of channels is on the pipeline, pointing out that the establishment of HYPPADEC is geared towards making lives meaningful and comfortable for people living in riverine communities.