SELYA YARNAP, Bauchi
The sum of N118.2 billion is to be spent by Bauchi State Government for the construction of nine earth dams across the state to boost social-economic activities and food security.
Revealing this to newsmen during a ministerial press briefing held at the State Secretariat in the state, the Commissioner for Water Resources, Mohammad Abdulhameed, said three large earth dams would be constructed at Kafin Zaki in Ganjuwa Local Government Area, Dindima in Alkaleri Local Government Area and Bagel Zungur in Dass Local Government Area of the state.
Abdulhameed said six small earth dams would be sited at Gambaki (Katagum), Misau (Misau), Katini (Ningi), Gulka (Giade), Tilden Fulani (Toro) and Boto (Tafawa-Balewa) of the state.
The commissioner assured that the state government was committed to the development of dams and irrigation services to ensure adequate food security.
“The Governors of the six riparian states of the Hadejia-Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Basin Trust Fund recently held a joint summit and agreed to contribute the sum of N64.5 each for the operationalization and counterpart funding for the take-off of the Board”, he stated.
Speaking on the lingering water problem in the state, the commissioner said a huge investment was needed to address the identified gaps.
He added: “The projected demand analysis shows a daily requirement of 45 million gallons by 2017, and 75 million gallons by 2027 as against the current 12.5 million gallons installed capacity”.
Despite the huge challenge, Abdulhameed said the state government had been able to carry out various interventions running into millions of naira to support the sustenance of effective service delivery.
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