Gov Masari inspects multimillion Danja Dam project
Governor Aminu Bello Masari has inspected works on the ongoing construction of the Danja Dam project.
Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari was conducted round the project by the Commissioner of Water Resources, Honourable Musa Adamu Funtua, the Permanent Secretary Alhaji Ubale AbdurRahman Zango, Director of Urban water supply, Engineer Ja’afaru Labaran Daura and the representative of the Chinese construction firm, Mutual Commitment Nigeria Limited, Engineer AbdusSalam Haruna as well as the representative of the consultant, Dr. T. S. Ijimdiya.
The Governor who was accompanied by the Commissioner of finance Alhaji Kasimu AbdulMutallab was briefed on the extent of the work so far executed at the site of the project.
He was told that the project was awarded at the cost of N7,850,010,853.00 with a 24 months completion period.
Both the Commissioner of water resources and the other officials said the construction firm could not meet up with the completion period due to lack of mobilisation of adequate manpower, especially professionals, lack of adequate Earth moving equipment, unfavorable weather conditions and recently stoppage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
They told Governor Masari that the scope of work includes construction of the Dam’s main embankment and water intake tower to permanently impound River Sabon Kogi in Danja local government.
They said the dam has a catchment area of 174,100, 000m2, catchment parameter of 94.4 kilometers, a reservoir area of 5,608,863.01m2 and 190mm3 as well as Throwback of 5,029.65m.
The project includes a 13 kilometers access road with hydraulic structures linking Danja to the dam site and linking up to Gozaki in the neighboring Kafur local government area.
So far, Governor Masari was told that the compensation survey and payment of acquired right of way had been completed, adding that site clearance, second layer of earthworks and construction of culverts on the access road have also been completed.
They said 20 percent progress had been recorded, stressing that instead of the 2020 completion period, it has now been changed to 2021.
Responding, Governor Aminu Bello Masari explained that government is opening up next week and stressed the need for the company to come back to site fully.
Alhaji Aminu Masari assured that payment will be made to the construction firm on monthly basis but warned against shoddy handling of the project.
He hoped that the contractor will contribute to the progress of the host communities.
Later, the representative of the benefitting communities showered encomiums on Governor Aminu Bello Masari for the project, which they have been yearning for through the past two decades.
They however requested for the payment of the remaining compensation, saying that 336 farmlands were affected by the project.
They also requested for the complete rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of the only primary school in the community.
Hassan Muhammad Tukur