The Federal Executive Council (FEC) which comprises the President and the Ministers has on Wednesday approved N1.735 billion for completion of the water supply project in Sabke Dam in Katsina State.
The Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, briefed State House correspondents at the end of the meeting.
He said: “We presented two memos. One had to do with the completion of the water supply project in Sabke Dam in Katsina State at the cost of N1.735 billion. This is an abandoned project and in line with the current government’s commitment to complete ongoing and abandoned projects as much as possible that the continuation and completion of this project was approved.”
KATSINA POST checks revealed that Sabke dam which is located in Maiadua local government of Katsina State was constructed in 1995.
The idea to construct the dam was originally conceived by the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) which supported its construction in line with the need to further boost the supply of water for domestic use and irrigation farming.
The original concept of Sabke dam was for it to support irrigation and possibly provide water for domestic use.
As a result, the project has three components of dam, pumping station and irrigation area.
Work on the dam which was handled by an expatriate firm, SCC, culminated in its completion in 1995 but years after that, irrigation farming has not commenced on the dam because work on other components of the irrigation area and pumping station have not been completed.
The dam has the capacity for the cultivation of 1500 hectares. But at the moment, less than 15 acres, comprising mostly of areas close to the dam are currently being utilised by Sabke irrigation farmers.
It was gathered that contract for the construction of the pumping station which has for long been abandoned, was awarded to a Chinese contracting firm, CGC.