Efforts on to consent Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro Dams – FG
The minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu has confirmed the Federal Government efforts to consent Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro Dams.
Mr Suleiman said this at the opening of the 2018 Media Week to highlight achievements of the administration in the last three years.
According to him, the ministry is focused on working in line with the National Water Resources Master Plan, which targets deriving optimum benefits for Nigerians.
While reiterating the ministry commitment to completing all abandoned water projects, as paramount to the overall goal of improving access to potable water in the country, Adamu also lamented the state of hydro power generation in Nigeria.
He said that only 1,930 megawatts out of the 12,220 megawatts of hydro power potential was being developed at Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro Dams, noting that efforts were on to concession some of them to become more beneficial to the populace.
Adamu said that the ministry had in the last three years embarked on only two projects of Kazaure Water Supply Project and the Dukku Regional Water Supply project in Jigawa and Gombe state respectively.
“We are committed to completing all on-going viable projects in the ministry to derive optimum benefits from government’s investments.
“It is instructive to note that since the inception of administration, my ministry has initiated only two projects; this underscores the emphasis on completion of the numerous on-going abandoned projects inherited from past administration,” he said.
Adamu said that the ministry had initiated the National Irrigation Development programme to aid economic diversification, promote food security and employment creation.
He said that the programme would enable establishment of additional 100,000 hectares of irrigated farmland by 2020 and 500,000 hectares by 2030.