Mr Suleiman Adamu, the Minister of Water Resources, on Monday stated that the Kashimbilla multi-purpose dam project is one of the top priority projects to be completed under the present administration.
Adamu stated this when he led an inspection tour of the project in Takum Local Government Area of Taraba.
He said the tour of Kashimbilla dam would afford him the opportunity to assess the level of work done and also put him in a proper perspective of the projects and focus on how to complete them.
“The purpose of our visit to this dam is a continuation of our projects tour all over the country, to see how they are doing in order to have a better focus,” he said.
He added that with what he has seen, he was impressed with the level of work done and the Federal Government through Ministry of Water Resources would see to its timely completion.
He noted that the water resources potential of the area is enormous and its natural structure configuration is favourable for multi-purpose development such as water supply of 60,000 million gallons per day.
Describing the project as monumental, Adamu said it has the power to generate 40 megawatts of hydropower and irrigation of 2,000 hectares of land.
The minister urged the construction company to synchronise all the components of the dam for effective and quick relevance to the people.
Adamu also urged them to scale up the irrigation component above the 2,000 hectares.
This, he said, was in line with the policy thrust of the present administration’s agriculture agenda.
Mr Darius Ishaku, the Taraba State governor, urged the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to ensure supply of potable water to towns and communities in Taraba.
He also appealed for immediate payment of compensation to communities whose properties were affected during the construction of the electricity transmission lines and water from Kashimbila dam.
The governor, who played a vital role in the project while serving as Minister of State for Power during the last administration, lauded the commitment of the current government towards completion of ongoing projects nationwide.
It would be recalled that Kashimbilla dam was principally intended to check the threat of flood from the structurally weak volcanic Lake Nyos.
However, the Federal Government decided to maximise the enormous potential of the dam project towards meeting development goals in power generation, water supply and large scale farming through irrigation.
This led to the increase in the general scope of work on the project.
The visit by the Minister of Water Resources to the Kashimbila dam, has rekindled hopes that the project, which has being on for over eight years, may soon be completed.