By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Kano State Agro Pastoral Development Project has signed a contract worth N314. 45 million, for the renovation of Watari Dam in Bagwai local government area of the state.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Project Communication Specialist, Ameen K. Yassar, dated January 27, 2021, made available to our correspondent on January 28.
The contract, which was awarded to Hajaig Construction Nigeria Ltd., has a completion period of 90 days.
The work consists of desilting of the dam’s main canal, clearing of drainage, desilting of Night Storage Reservoir and repair of the dam embankment.
Others are replacement of concrete linen on main canal, provision of culverts, desilting of night storage reservoir and other civil works.
Shortly After signing the contract documents, the State Project Coordinator, Malam Ibrahim Garba Muhammad, stated that project will contribute to the sustainable development of Kano state through environmental impact, social effect as well as deep economic outcomes.
“This project will prevent flooding, improve farming activities, create more employment opportunities and facilitate development of small scale agro allied industries”, he emphasized.
“In addition, 1000 hectares of land downstream will be developed, using gravity for irrigation for about 4,000 new farmers for rice, wheat and vegetable production. So you can imagine the huge impact of this project on food security in the state”.
The Project Coordinator therefore, charged the contractor to justify the confidence reposed in them by doing high quality work and completing it on time.
The Managing Director of Hajaig Construction Nigeria Ltd., Mr. Abbas Hajaig, promised to adhere to the contractual agreement in executing the job.