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Govt signs N2.6b contract for Enugu dam

By on March 24, 2011

THE Federal Government has signed contract for the construction of Adada River Dam in Aku, Enugu State, with an indigenous company, at a cost of N2.6 billion

Signing the contract with Roudo Nigeria Limited, in Abuja, the Minister of Water Resources, Chief Obadiah Ando, explained that the ministry had to wait for the Federal Executive Council’s approval and the availability of mobilisation fund for the commencement of the work.

He therefore, implored the contractor to expedite work on the dam and deliver high quality service.

The Managing Director, Roudo Nigeria, Mr. Sam Erouhi, who signed on behalf of his company, promised to mobilise his workers to site and commence work immediately.

The Adada River Dam is a homogenous earth dam of 347.565 meters in length, height of 18 meters and a total reservoir volume of 2.978 million cubic meters of water. It will serve Nsukka urban and adjoining communities in Igbo Etiti with minor irrigation scheme as well as fisheries. It has a completion period of 24 months.

Meanwhile, a report published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has said that better management of the forest resources is key for high quality water supply.

The report which said that statistics have shown that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity and two-thirds of the world’s population may experience water stress conditions added that forest capture and store water can play important role in providing drinking water for millions in world’s mega cities.

The Collaborative Council on Forest (CPF), however, called on countries to pay more attention to forest protection and management for better provision of drinking water, adding that forest are part of natural infrastructure for any country which was essential to water cycle.

The Assistant Director-General of the FAO, Forestry Department, Edwardo Rojas Briales, said proper management of forest resources would reduce the effects of floods, prevent soil erosion, regulate water table and assure high quality water supply for people, industry and agriculture.

The report which noted that develop countries like New York, Singapore, Jakarta, Rio Janeiro draw significant potion of their drinking water from forested areas affirmed that if properly utilised forest catchment’s areas could provide solution to water challenges in the country, adding that, forests and trees contribute to the reduction of water-related risks such as landslides, local floods and droughts and help prevent desertification and sanitation.

Source : Guardian