Bauchi gov, please com­plete Kafin Zaki dam

Daily Trust - - OPINION -

Your Ex­cel­lency sir, I am one of your most loyal cit­i­zen who has noth­ing but the ut­most re­spect for your per­son and your of­fice; I am con­strained to write you this open let­ter be­cause there are a num­ber of is­sues that I be­lieve is im­por­tant for you to fo­cus on, for re­duc­ing youths’ un­em­ploy­ment, hav­ing more in­ter­nally gen­er­ated rev­enue and erad­i­cat­ing poverty among the in­di­genes of Bauchi state. In­deed, we are for­tu­nate to have a com­pet­i­tive, am­bi­tious, and sym­pa­thetic gover­nor like you in this crit­i­cal time in which Nige­ria faces haz­ardous sit­u­a­tion of eco­nomic tsunami.

We must grate­ful to you sir, for your ef­forts and show of gen­eros­ity for Bauchi state civil ser­vants be­cause some states owe civil ser­vants and pen­sion­ers salary ar­rears for 8 to 11 months, but due to your benev­o­lence, you have been doing your best to set­tle your work­ers’ salary ar­rears.

The in­di­genes of Katagum, Gan­juwa, Zaki, Jama’are, Itas-Gadau, and Ningi lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of Bauchi state are obliged to call on the ex­ec­u­tive gover­nor of Bauchi state, Bar­ris­ter Muham­mad Ab­dul­lahi Abubakar in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to re­sume the Kafin-Zaki dam pro­ject which its con­struc­tion has been aban­doned and ter­mi­nated since 1984.

In re­al­ity sir, the com­ple­tion of the pro­ject would boost ir­ri­ga­tion farm­ing, pro­vide hy­dro­elec­tric power plant and wa­ter sup­ply for the in­hab­i­tants of those con­stituen­cies and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

We were ag­grieved when Pres­i­dent Muham­mad Buhari had for­got­ten the Kafin-Zaki dam aban­doned pro­ject Bauchi state among the states in which his ad­min­is­tra­tion said it will con­struct 20 dams across Nige­ria to pro­mote Ir­ri­ga­tion farm­ing.

Ad­di­tion­ally, if you could re­call sir, on Fri­day 26 De­cem­ber 2014, dur­ing your cam­paign in Bauchi, on Box­ing Day you promised to com­plete the con­struc­tion of Kafin-Zaki dam if elected in 2015. We are op­ti­mistic that the pro­ject would not be a ma­jor is­sue of cam­paign to you sir, as each suc­ces­sive regime had used it to source votes.

The dam is lo­cated in Gan­juwa lo­cal gov­ern­ment area of the Bauchi state. Po­ten­tially, if the pro­ject if com­pleted, would sup­port pro­duc­tion of one mil­lion tonnes of su­gar­cane an­nu­ally and pro­vide over one mil­lion jobs for un­em­ployed youths in Borno, Bauchi, Ji­gawa and Yobe states in agro-al­lied in­dus­tries. The pro­ject is not meant for Bauchi state alone, but for the in­hab­i­tants of Kano, Borno, Gombe, Plateau, Ji­gawa and Yobe.

This will en­cour­age ir­ri­ga­tion farm­ing so as to boost food pro­duc­tion across the states. Ad­di­tion­ally, the aban­doned proposed dam is to be 11 kilo­me­ter-long, there are also the po­ten­tials of pro­duc­ing 100,000 tonnes of fish­eries.

In con­clu­sion, re­sum­ing con­struc­tion of Kafin Zaki dam would boost ir­ri­ga­tion farm­ing in the re­gions which may be a key driver of the Bauchi state growth and re­duce poverty among its in­di­genes.

We hope that those op­pos­ing the pro­ject would re­al­ize that the pro­ject is a de­vel­op­ment for all.

Mustapha BabaAzare, Bauchi State, 08149712150 mustaphababaazare@ ya­

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