The Minister of Power, Doctor Lanre Babalola, has urged states, local governments and other stakeholders to collaborate in generating energy from small rivers.
Doctor Babalola made the call at the opening of the 2009 distinguished lecture of the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
He noted that small rivers were capable of producing up to ten megawatts of electricity, adding that the country had embarked of efforts to diversify the sources of power generation.
The minister said the Federal Government was mindful of this uncomfortable position.
He disclosed that the government had taken steps to diversify the power sources to include small and medium size hydro plants, in addition to coal, wind and solar-powered plants.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Institution, Mr. Olafemi Olaniyan, called on institutions and the government to empower engineers to enable them to become professionally self-reliant.