Perfoming Akwa Ibom Rep. Makes Case For Abandoned Dam Project

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•••Prayed the House to mandate the Standing Committee on Water Resources to ensure its implementation as it would boost the economic activities NKARI DAM: REP. UKPONG-UDO MAKES CASE FOR ABANDONED PROJECT IN AKWA IBOM STATE The Federal Government has been called upon to ensure the completion of Nkari Dam in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State. This call was made earlier today, 9th June 2021 during the plenary at the House of Representatives by Rep. Emmanuel Ukpong-udo, representing Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency. Speaking while moving a motion on the Need to prioritize the completion of Nkari Dam, Rep. Ukpong-udo noted that the Nkari Dam project was initiated and contracts awarded over 20 years ago by the Ministry of Water Resources to provide water for irrigation, electric power generation and flood control which would enhance environmental protection and economic activities in the area. He informed that House that in 2018, the Federal Government, having acknowledged the need for the completion of the dam, approved a revised sum of 5.7 billion Naira for completion of the Dam alongside the Gari Irrigation Project in Kano and Jigawa states, but unfortunately no work has been done on-site. This is despite the fact that the 2020 Appropriation Act (which was funded 100%) captured the Nkari Dam Project. Ukpong-udo lamented how the abandonment of the project by the contractor who had been mobilized is adversely affecting the region especially the loss of lives and the many people rendered homeless due to uncontrolled flooding. He also harped on how this has deprived the area of various other benefits of the dam, including human and livestock water supply, containment of mine tailings, recreation and pollution control. The Lawmaker called on the House to urge the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to prioritize the completion of Nkari Dam in the 2022 budget estimates. He also prayed the House to mandate the Standing Committee on Water Resources to ensure its implementation as this would boost the economic activities in the region as many occupants of the area are known for commercial production of rice, palm produce. cassava and cocoa. Perfoming AKWA IBOM REP. MAKES CASE FOR ABANDONED DAM Project

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