The federal government has reiterated its commitment to ensure the completion of the construction of the Farin Ruwa multipurpose dam project in Nasarawa state.
The project was said to have a completion of 24months.
Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu made the statement during the flag – off ceremony of the commencement of the construction of Farin Ruwa waterfalls project in Kwarra, Wamba local government area of the state, at the weekend.
Adamu stated that the project which was originally initiated in 2003 by the Nasarawa state government was with the purpose to generate 20MW hydro power and boost the socio-economic and industrial development of Nasarawa state. He also said that it will be useful for irrigation, electricity and water for the betterment of the area.
The minister however expressed that, the project suffered setback due to lack of funding for the implementation.
Upon the setback, the state government thereby solicited the intervention of the federal government to take over with a view to complete the project while serving its benefits to the people of the area of the state and the country in general.
According to Adamu, “In consideration of the state’s request, President Muhammadu Buhari graciously approved the takeover and completion of the Project on October 19, 2018.”
The approval by the president also was to expand the project to include a Regional Water Scheme and construction of irrigation, infrastructure of about 2000ha to serve the people of the area.
He assured that the federal government commitment to ensuring completion of project as scheduled will not only be beneficial to the good people of Nasarawa state but also other parts of the country.
The Minister commended the state government for its contributory roles by constructing access road to the site and other gestures to enable smooth realization of the project.
On his part, the governor of the state, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, expressed gratitude to the ministry, federal government, and all past administrators of the state in all immeasurable roles played by them. He said that ” the willingness and initiatives made the event a reality”.
He stated that his administration shall continue to give its support in whatever way to bring to completion the Farin Ruwa dam Project.
In attendance to grace the flag off were, traditional rulers, state members House of Assembly; government functionaries amongst others.