FG Approves N31.2B For Construction Of Kashim Billa Hydro Electricity Project
The Federal Government has approved the sum of N31.2billion for the construction of a 40 MW electricity project in the Kashimbila dam, in Taraba state.
The Federal government also assured of an early completion of the erosion control projects ongoing in the south eastern part of Nigeria, which is estimated at over N15B.
Briefing journalists after the weeky Federal Executive Council meeting, the minister of Information, Labaran Maku, disclosed that the meeting was dedicated mainly to the review of the reports on erosion projects currently going on in the South Eastern states of Nigeria.
Maku who briefed alongside the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, Minister of State Power, Minister of State Health and Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement, BPP, Emeka Eze, said the meeting received progress report on the erosion project following the importance attached to it by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The President had in 2011 awarded contracts for several erosion projects in the south east for erosion control as part of measures to fulfill his promise to the people
Members of the Presidential Committee on Erosion and Flood Control who had visited the various communities had noted that erosion remains one of the ecological challenges affecting almost all the states in the South-Eastern part of Nigeria, with some as deep as 20 feet.
According to Maku “we devoted a substantial part of today’s federal executive Council to review of report of the erosion control project in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
” As you are all aware, Mr. president, on assumption of power, promised prompt intervention in resolving some of the key erosion problems in the south east east which is known through out this country to be the most affected when it comes to erosion.
“Several communities in the south east have always been affected and Mr President had promised to handle some of these projects in order to bring relief and stop the deterioration of the environment and the destruction of their means of livelihood” .
Also speaking at the briefing, the Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement,BPP, Emeka Eze in his contribution noted that the President who was worried over the slow pace of work, had inaugurated a committee to review all the erosion control contracts in the affected area.
” Today, the committee reported back to Council on its findings and recommendations to ensure speedy completion of the projects currently ongoing
“We were reassured that the ecological office has started the ratification of all the teething problems connected with the erosion projects” he said.
He identified some of the challenges to include Irregularity of funding, administrative bottlenecks and inadequate technical supervision, even as he assured that the projects will be completed under the current administration.
“In the last one year, most of the projects are now doing very well and we want to make sure that environmental sustainability in the south east which is the main aim of Mr. President are achieved under the dispensation of the current administration” he said.
Meanwhile the Federal government approved the contract for the evacuation of the 40 megawatts hydro electricity component of the Kashim Billa multi purpose hydro dam.
The contract estimated at N31.2B will include the development of infrastructure for evacuating power from the dam.
According to the minster of state for power, Mohammed Wakil, the dam which was designed for agriculture, water supply and electricity, is expected to provide jobs for hundreds of thousands of Nigerians when completed.
The project which will benefit over six different states in the north east, is expected be completed in 18 months.