In its bid to complete all on-going and abandoned water sector projects in the country, the Federal Government is to takeover and complete Farin Ruwa dam in Nasarawa State.

The Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Dr. Musa Ibrahim disclosed this while in a meeting with Nasarawa State government preparatory to the takeover of the project on Wednesday 18th July, 2018 in Abuja.

Dr. Musa stated that the project was conceptualized in 2001 with the intention of providing about 20 mw of power to Nasarawa State, but due to paucity of funds, the project could not be completed.

According to him, in preparation for the takeover of the project, the dam was listed as Federal Ministry of Water Resources’ project and it has been captured in the 2018 budget Appropriation.

He charged the Technical Teams of both the Federal Ministry of Water Resources and their counterpart from Nasarawa State Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development to look critically at the project status, level of completion and the possibility of incorporating other components like irrigation, water supply and hydro power generation to it before the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and   takeover from Nasarawa State.

The Representative of Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al- Makura and the Commissioner of Water Resources and Rural Development, Orthm Akaaka Esq. stated that the dam project which was started in 2001 has reached 60% completion as at 2007.

He stated that the administration of Al-makura is desirous and determined to completing all the ongoing and abandoned projects in the state and Farin Ruwa is one of such projects.

Continuing, he said that because of paucity of funds, the state is looking towards the Federal Government’s intervention in completing the project. “We are thankful to Federal Government for the proposed takeover and completion of this project. It is our concern that we give all the necessary co-operation needed for the completion of this laudable project”, he said.

Mr. Ajayi Rotimi

Deputy Director (Press)