$1.2bn 700mw Zungeru hydro power project stalled by community protests

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Members of the Senate were, yesterday, told that a delay in the payment of compensation and resettlement of the host community has stalled the completion date of the $1.2 billion Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project by two years, Vanguard reports.

Disclosing this to the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy during an oversight visit to the plant, the Project Director, Dr. Johnson Adewumi, noted that youths in the Zungeru area had undertaken a lot of community action against the project in the past three years. He also said incidents of armed robbery in 2016 and 2017 and kidnap of construction personnel also militated against the project.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the committee, Senator Abaribe, (PDP, Abia South) assured the Director and the Chinese expatriates that their fears concerning security had been addressed, with the project’s inclusion in the 2017 budget and also added that the Senate would continuously liaise with all stakeholders to stop the disruption of operations on the site.