On Friday, recently elected governor of Nigeria’s Taraba State, Darius Ishaku, inaugurated the 400kW Tunga Dam Small Hydro Power Plant, This Day reported.
The hydropower plant was established in 2001 by the Nigerian government in collaboration with United Nations High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.
The plant was established to supply Mambilla Beverages Company and the surrounding community with electricity.
Ishaku: Strengthens commitment and partnerships
The community includes over 10,000 refugees who were repatriated from Cameroon by the UNHCR. The refugees are heavily dependent on the tea factory for various reasons, This Day reported.
Ishaku was delighted that this power project was the first project he would inaugurate since assuming his position in office in the first quarter of this year.
Ishaku stated: “I am so delighted that the first project I am inaugurating as a governor is very key to my rescue mission in the state [.]
“[…] I hereby pledge the total commitment of the state government in partnering with the concern arms of the UN to put in place another plant to supply electricity to more communities in the state.”
An additional power plant will contribute towards providing an uninterrupted power supply to the local communities, which is an essential part of ensuring economic growth.
Power to boost economic growth
Speaking at the ceremony, Angele Dikongue-Atangana, UNHCR representative for Nigeria and ECOWAS highlighted the need for the UNHCR to work with the Taraba State government.
The partnership would provide the finance needed for the construction and installation of the 400kW hydro power plant, which is needed to boost economic development and job creation at the Highland Tea Factory and its plantations.