The federal government has expressed the optimism that its current investment in dam projects across the country will help to diversify the nation’s economy through agriculture. Chairman of the newly constituted Board of Directors for the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority, Alhaji Zakari Idde, said this during an inspection tour on some of the projects initiated by the Authority in the north senatorial district of Kwara state. Idde, who led other members of the board to inspect the projects, expressed delight at the level of work carried out , describing it as laudable. He said the projects would help to boost youth empowerment programme of president Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, most especially in the diversification of the economy through agriculture.
He explained that the visit afforded the board members the opportunity of familiarising themselves with the activities of the Authority and identify areas where their intervention is needed to fast track the completion of the on going projects. According to him, “I am delighted with the level of work done on the ongoing projects. In fact, this is laudable. The projects will help to boost the youth empowerment programme of the present administration and most importantly, the diversification of the economy through Agriculture” He said, “This visit afforded the board members of the Authority, the opportunity of familiarising themselves with the activities of the Lower Niger River Basin Authority and see where our intervention is needed to fast track the completion of the projects”, Alhaji Idde said.
Tking the board members round the site of the Yashikira dam project , the Managing Director of the Authority, Engineer Adeniyi Saheed – Aremu said the dam, has one million cubic metre of water capacity and on completion it is expected to irrigate twenty five hectares of farm land. Saheed-Aremu noted that the Dam is also expected to supply water to the host community and its environs. At Gure Dam, the Managing Director said the Dam, which is at 49 percent completion stage also has one million cubic metre of water capacity and on completion it is expected to irrigate 200 hectares of farm land which can be reviewed to 500 hectares in the nearest future. Other members of the Board that visited the site include, Hyacinth Okpara Dike, Augustine Muomaife, Sidi Aliyu Lamido, Abdullahi A. Baba and Adeniyi Bodunrin Kunle.