FG approves N497m for Cross River dam project

The Federal Government has approved N497 million for the construction of the Ijegu Yala Dam in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River.

The construction of the dam, which expected to begin this year, primarily for water supply, erosion and flood control as well as the provision of irrigation facilities to -scale farming.

The Managing Director of Cross River Basin Development , Mr Bassey Nkposong, disclosed this in a statement, which was given to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on .

“The commencement of the project a dream come true for the and for the people of Cross River State,’’ he said.

Nkposong said the river basin was also planning to establish integrated farm settlements in the six senatorial districts under jurisdiction to agriculture.

He said already over 30 hectares of lands in each of the six senatorial districts had been set aside for the proposed project.

Nkposong said the plots of land would be used for the pilot scheme of -scale farming in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states.

He said that the Authority had taken over the full management of the Songhai Farms in Abi Local Government Area, adding that the project would soon be overhauled and strengthened.

He said that the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gab-Umoh Agricultural Services was aimed at mass production of rice in the catchment area of the Authority.

According to him, the agreement also aimed at putting in place a scheme which will be a reference point for rice farmers in the area.

Nkposong said the Authority would participate in the upcoming 2018 Water Day celebration with Rice produced farm.

He said with the appointment of a new Board of Directors for the Authority, the agency’s management structure was now complete, while it was poised to fulfil Mandate. (NAN)