BY CHIBUZOR EMEJOR,
Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] with Nasarawa State Government which signaled the take-over and completion of Farin Ruwa Dam located in the State.
At the signing ceremony in Abuja during the maiden edition of Nigeria Media Water Week, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources signed on behalf of the Federal Government while Governor Tanko Al-Makura represented his State.
Speaking at the event, Al-Makura thanked President Muhammadu Buhari led administration for enlisting the dam among projects to be completed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
He said: “Let me first and foremost express our profound appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for graciously consenting to take-over the independent hydro-power project located in Farin Ruwa in Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.
He said Federal Government’s intervention was an indication of its irrevocable commitment to the provision of social amenities across the country.
Commenting on the constraints faced by the project before the take-over, the governor said the project could not continue due to poor conceptualisation ab initio and other technicalities including paucity of funds to complete the project.
He noted that the concessioning of the project was the appropriate step taken by his administration to provide potable water and succour to his people.
Earlier, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, had described the signing of the MoU as another milestone in promoting partnership between the Federal and State Governments geared towards boosting power supply through hydro projects.
Adamu further explained that the take-over of the dam became necessary in view of its multipurpose potentials of the dam to stimulate rural development through irrigation, water supply and power generation to the host community, Nasarawa State and the nation in general.
It would be recalled that Farin Ruwa Dam was conceptualised in 2001 to provide about 20 megawatts of electricity had reached 60 percent completion as of 2007 but could not be completed due to funding constraints.