Cross River Dam Project; Federal Government Approves N497 Million
The Mohammadu Buhari led administration has given approval of the sum of N497 million to be used for the construction of the Ijegu Yala Dam in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River.
It is expected that the project will commence this year. The main purpose of the project is for the provision of water, erosion and flood control and for the provision of irrigation facilities to increase large-scale farming in the country.
This development was revealed by the Managing Director of Cross River Basin Development Authority, Mr Bassey Nkposong, through a statement relayed to journalists in Abuja on today.
According to the director, “The commencement of the project is a dream come true for the Authority and for the people of Cross River State.’’
Nkposong also revealed that the river basin authority is also planning to found integrated farm settlements in the six senatorial districts under its jurisdiction in order to enhance agriculture.
He went further to disclose that about 30 hectares of lands in each of the six senatorial districts are reserved for the upcoming project.
Nkposong also noted that the plots of land would be designated to pilot scheme of large-scale farming in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.
He also pointed out that the Authority is now in full control of the Songhai Farms in Abi Local Government Area, as he further disclosed that the project would improve soonest.
Speaking further, Nposong said the main purpose of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed with Gab-Umoh Agricultural Services is to ensure mass production of rice in the catchment area of the Authority.
Nkposong further hinted on the authority’s intention to participate in this year Water Day celebration with Rice harvested from its farm, as he claimed that the agency is now fully ready to carry out its duties especially with the recent appointments of new members as the board of directors of the Authority.