Nigeria: Govt Gets $67 Million World Bank Loan for Dam – Senator

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Water Resources, Ubale Shittu, on Sunday said the Federal Government has accessed a $67 million World Bank loan to rehabilitate Hadejia Valley Dam in Jigawa.

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Mr. Shittu told the News Agency of Nigeria in Dutse that $60 million would be used to rehabilitate and expand the dam by 1,000 hectares.

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He said that the remaining $7million dollars would be spent on dredging of the river from Tiga Dam in Kano State to Koli in Kirikasama Local Government Area of Jigawa.

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According to him, the contract for the project would be awarded next month while work is expected to commence by the end of first quarter.

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Mr. Shittu, representing Jigawa North-East, said that the project would boost irrigation, water supply and fish farming in the area, when completed.

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The Senator also said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration inherited N88 billion liabilities from ongoing dam projects across the country.

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He said that the liabilities were indicated in the audit report of the Ministry of Water Resources made available to his committee.

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He said that the projects, at various stages of completion, were awarded by previous administrations.

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According to him, 25 per cent of such ongoing projects had been injected into the 2017 budget presented to the National Assembly.

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The Chairman emphasised the present administration’s commitment to the development of dams across the country to boost agriculture. (NAN)

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