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FG awards $67m for rehabilitation of Hadejia Valley project in Jigawa

By Haruna Hadejia, Dutse

The Senate Committee on Water Resources through its Chairman, Senator Ubale Shittu has stated that the Federal Government has awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of Hadejia Valley project in Jigawa at the sum $67 million from a World Bank loans access by the federal government.

Speaking to news men in Dutse, the state capital over the weekend, he said that $60 million would be used to rehabilitate the dam and expand it by 1000 hectares.

He said that the remaining seven million dollars would be spent on dredging of the river from Tiga dam in Kano state to Koli in Kirikasama Local Government of Jigawa.

Shitu who is also Senator representing Jigawa north east senatorial district explained that by February 2017, the contract of the project would be awarded and expected the project to commence before the end of first quarter.

Shittu who is also a Senator representing Jigawa North-East said that when the project was completed it would boost irrigation and fish farming in the area as well as water supply.

The Senator also disclosed that the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had inherited liabilities of N88 billion from ongoing dam projects across the country.
He stated that it was clearly indicated in the auditing report of the ministry of Water Resources made available to his committee.

He said that the projects which were on various stages of completion were awarded by previous administrations.
According to him, 25 per cent of such ongoing projects had been injected into 2017 budget presented to the National Assembly.

The Chairman emphasized that the present government was committed to develop dams across the country to boost agriculture.

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