A Chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Secretary of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in Borno, Hon Yusuf Adamu has commended the Federal Government for approving N8.8 billion for the augmentation of Biu Dam and Kano Irrigation Projects.
The Federal Executive Council had on Wednesday approved the amount for the expansion and completion of the projects where Biu Dam Project which started in 2001 is expected gulp N5.063 billion.
Addressing Journalists in Maiduguri on Friday, Hon Adamu who was one time the Caretaker Chairman of Biu Local Government Area, and now Board Member Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, said, the coming of Prof. Babagana Zulum as the Governor of Borno, is a good omen to the people of the state.
Adamu said, Zulum’s administration which has passion for diverse ethnic groups across the state has been the brain behind facilitating the augmentation of the Biu Dam project to bring government closer to the grassroots.
He also lauded Zulum for being the first elected governor in the history of the state to transmit power to his deputy during his just concluded annual leave.
Adamu also commended member House of Representatives (Biu/Shani/Kwaya Kusar/ Shani Federal Constituency) Hon Aliyu Betara who is also Chairman House Committee on Appropriations in the 9th Assembly for the role he played towards successful re-inclusion of the Biu Dam project in the national budget.
Adamu noted that the Biu Dam project when completed would addressed the problem of water in Biu Emirate, said lack of portable water has been affecting socio-economic activities in emirate and beyond.
He explained that the state government had paid its counterpart fund for the completion of the dam, to show its commitment to the project which is of immense benefit to southern Borno both in areas of irrigation and portable water for human and animal consumption.
“It is good news to hear that the Biu Dam, a project that was awarded over 39 years ago but abandoned over the years, has been captured in the budget of the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
“Biu and most parts of southern Borno Senatorial zone, an agrarian community and other neighbouring communities have been subjected to untold hardship due to the continued abandonment of the dam project in spite of the huge socio-economic opportunities it will provide.”
“The Dam when completed will not only help in tackling perennial water shortage in the area, but will also provide water for irrigation for the people, whose major occupation is farming,” Adamu said.