Nigeria commits to developing hydroelectric power during World Water Day 2015 event

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An official from Nigeria's Ministry of Water Resources has said it will include or add hydroelectric power generating facilities to all existing and future dams within the country.

"Water is at the core of sustainable development and is critical for socioeconomic development, healthy ecosystems and for human survival itself," Minister of Water Resources Sarah Reng Ochekpe said at a World Water Day 2015 event held in Abuja earlier this week.

Nigeria's emphasis on developing its national hydropower capacity reflects the country's commitment to meeting the United Nation's sustainable development goals.

"In line with the global focus on sustainable development, the Ministry of Water Resources and its agencies are working towards ensuring management of the nation's water resources to meet the present and future needs of our teeming population," water ministry official Muhammad Wakili said.

The announcement was accompanied by an allocation of more than US$3.5 million from Nigeria's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) office to help support the initiative.

HydroWorld.com reported in September that feasibility studies for the country's 750-MW Kainji and 578-MW Jebba plants had been completed.

Nigeria's government also signed a deal with the Export-Import Bank of China in 2013 to allow for the construction of the 700-MW Zungeru project.

Nigeria's Kano State and India's Skipper Groupalso signed an agreement in 2013 to develop small hydro projects at the Tiga and Challawa Gorge totaling 35 MW.

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