The Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, is soon to introduce Small Hydropower Projects using existing dams to address the energy needs of the rural areas of the Country.

The Minister of Science and Technology,  Dr. Ogbonnaya  Onu disclosed this when he received a delegation of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology who visited the Ministry on Oversight and Investigative  function on Thursday in Abuja.

Dr. Onu said already the projects and transformers have already been designed indigenously by the Ministry’s engineers.

Two dams – Oyan dam and Ikere Gorge dam  were selected for the Pilot Scheme while the Ministry is making strenuous effort to improve and expand the scope to cover other parts of the Country, he added.

 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 Inovation 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, Prof. 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.

Prof. P. Borrofice further implored the Ministry to fully update the Committee on its Cluster Village Technology project, Waste – to – Wealth Pregramme as well as its Renewable Energy Programme.

AbdulGaniyu Aminu

Head of Press and Public Relations FMST