The upper house of the National Assembly has resolved to investigate the delay in the construction of Kagara dam in Niger State despite the receipt of funding to the tune of N7.7 billion from the Federal Government.
The Senate arrived at this resolution after considering a motion sponsored by Senator Sani Musa of the All Progressives Peoples Party (APC) representing Niger East.
Senator Sani disclosed that the Kagara dam was first conceived and awarded by the Niger State Government to a Kano State based company, WRECA, in 1992 to provide potable water and irrigation to Kagara and its environs.
However, the federal government took over the project execution and awarded the same to Biwater Shellaber (Nig.) Limited in December, 1992. Since then, lack of funding among other issues have led to total neglect of the project.
In his plenary the Senator lamented that, “If this project continues to be operated in a ‘stop and go’ manner, the dream of our people for potable water and economic empowerment through irrigation farming will remain a mirage.”
The Senate mandated the Committee on Water Resources to investigate and subsequently called on the Federal Government to consider the socio-economic importance of the project and see to its completion without further delay.