FG approves N37b for Gurara dam project, says Sambo

Vice president, Namadi Sambo

The dam is also expected to generate 32 megawatts of electricity.

The Federal Government has approved the release N37 billion for the completion of the Gurara dam project in Kaduna State, Vice President Namadi Sambo has said.

Mr. Sambo disclosed this in Kaduna on Saturday while meeting with some victims of the recent flood disaster in the state.

The Vice President said the dam, when completed, would support 16 thousand hectares of irrigation farms and generate 32 megawatts of electricity.

He said 300 graduates would be employed to work at the Gurara irrigation and fish farms, to fast track the economic development of the state.

Mr. Sambo added that the government had approved the release of seeds and other inputs to irrigation farmers to encourage massive dry season farming and to arrest possible food shortage due to recent floods.

He said some 5 thousand women and youth will be employed in the state under the Subsidy Fund Reinvestment Programme (SURE-P), before the end of the year. He also said similar number would be engaged in subsequent years, as part of measures to address the problem of unemployment in the country.

The Vice President said the 215 megawatt Kaduna Emergency Power Project had reached 70 per cent completion, while the Abuja-Kaduna rail project had reached over 40 per cent.

On the flood disaster, Mr. Sambo said the federal government had released N400 million to support the victims, in addition to other relief measures taken. He announced plans to dredge the River Kaduna to allow for free flow of water and the development of dry season farming along the river bank.

Earlier, Governor Patrick Yakowa told the Vice President that property and farmlands worth N9.1 billion were lost during the flood disaster which claimed six lives and affected 5,254 persons in the state.

Mr. Yakowa said three bridges and more than 40 culverts as well as other road infrastructure and farmlands were damaged.

“A family lost four kids in the incident while food stuff and other agricultural produce yet to be harvested had been washed away,” he said.

The governor commended Dangote Group and the Sardauna Foundation for their assistance to the victims.

He appealed to the federal government to render more assistance to the state to mitigate the long term effect of the disaster.

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