FG be­gins works on aban­doned Anam­bra ir­ri­ga­tion project

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has com­menced work on the Adada Dam River site project which has about 1.4 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of wa­ter ca­pac­ity.

The dam is ex­pected to serve Nsukka com­mu­nity and en­vi­rons by pro­vid­ing ad­e­quate potable wa­ter and for other do­mes­tic uses.

The Min­is­ter of Wa­ter Re­sources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, while on an in­spec­tion tour of the dam site and other fa­cil­i­ties un­der the Lower Anam­bra Ir­ri­ga­tion Project, said the level of de­cay and re­dun­dancy of some of the projects was alarm­ing.

Engr. Adamu said the Fed­eral Min­istry of Wa­ter Re­sources is com­mit­ted to re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing some of the high pro­file projects to bring back the glory of such com­mu­ni­ties like it was decades ago.

The min­is­ter also in­spected the gen­eral lay­out of Ada Rice Ir­ri­ga­tion Project in Adani which has been in co­matose since the era of the civil war.

He said the project would be re­vived to en­cour­age dry sea­son farm­ing which could ac­com­mo­date no fewer than two crops.

He also met with some of com­mu­nity lead­ers and other key stake­hold­ers, who through the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Anam­bra/ Imo River Basin De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity, ap­pealed for the re­vival of the Grav­ity Ef­fect Ir­ri­ga­tion Sys­tem, the Rice Mill Com­plex Umumbo, the Wa­ter Pump­ing Ma­chine and some of the le­gal is­sues as­so­ci­ated with land use in the area.

The min­is­ter was also at the Ivo River Ir­ri­ga­tion Project at the bound­ary be­tween Enugu and Ebonyi states.

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