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FG to complete 21 other dams, irrigation projects by 2019

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The federal government has expressed determination to complete seven ongoing water supply and 21 dams as well as irrigation projects between 2018 and 2019.

It said it is also in advanced discussions with potential investors for the Gurara II, Lokoja and Dasin hausa hydropower projects, which when completed, will produce a combined 1,250MW electricity to the national grid.

Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu made these disclosures in Abuja while presenting the two years score card of his ministry.

Adamu explained: “We have concluded a Technical Audit and prioritised the hitherto uncompleted or abandoned 116 major projects that I met in the Ministry.

“We are deploying most of our resources towards completing and commissioning all the high and medium priority projects from 2016 – 2019.

“It is in this regard that we have completed and commissioned Central Ogbia Regional Water Supply Project in Bayelsa State.

“Shagari and Barikin Ladi irrigation projects will be completed in early 2018. Our plan is to complete 7 other ongoing water supply projects and 21 dam and irrigation projects between 2018 and 2019.”

He went on: “We are currently making progress for the concessioning of the 30MW Gurara Hydropower plant which is planned to come into full operation by mid 2018.

“We are also progressing on our collaboration with FMWPH to concession the 40MW Kashimbila Hydropower Plant recently completed.

“In addition, we are in advanced discussions with potential investors for other hydropower projects including Gurara II (350MW), Lokoja (750MW) and Basin Hausa (150MW).”

 

The Nation 

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