Federal Executive Council, has okayed N31.3 billion for the construction of a 40 megawatts electricity project as part of the Kashim Billa Dam in Taraba State.
The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku stated this on Wednesday while briefing Stare House a correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan and attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo and most Ministers at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Maku who briefed in company with the Minister of State Power, Mohammed
Wakil, and Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement, BPP,
Engineer Emeka Eze, disclosed that the meeting was dedicated mainly to
the review of the reports on erosion projects currently going on in the
South East states of Nigeria, amongst other.
He noted that following the importance attached to the project by
President Jonathan, the meeting reviewed the progress made so far on the
erosion project and resolved to ensure early conclusion of all the
According to Maku “we devoted a substantial part of today’s federal
executive Council to review of report of the erosion control project in
the south eastern part of Nigeria.
“As you are all aware, Mr. President, on assumption of power, promised
prompt intervention in resolving some of the key erosion problems in the
south east which is known throughout this country to be the most
affected when it comes to erosion.
“Several communities in the south east have always been affected and Mr
President had promised to handle some of these projects in order to
bring relief and stop the deterioration of the environment and the
destruction of their means of livelihood.
“The President had since 2011 awarded contracts for several erosion
projects in the south east for erosion control as part of measures to
fulfill his promise to the people
“Members of the Presidential Committee on Erosion and Flood Control who
visited the various communities had noted that erosion remained one of
the ecological challenges affecting almost all the states in the
South-Eastern part of Nigeria, with some as deep as 20 feet”.
The DG BPP, Eze in his contribution noted that President Jonathan,
worried over the slow pace of work, had inaugurated a committee to
review all the erosion control contracts in the affected area.
He said, “Today, the committee reported back to Council on its findings
and recommendations to ensure speedy completion of the projects
“We were reassured that the ecological office has started the
ratification of all the teething problems connected with the erosion
He identified some of the challenges to include irregularity of funding,
administrative bottlenecks and inadequate technical supervision, even as
he assured that the projects will be completed under the current
“In the last one year, most of the projects are now doing very well and
we want to make sure that environmental sustainability in the south east
which is the main aim of Mr. President are achieved under the
dispensation of the current administration” he said.
Maku also disclosed that Federal government approved the contract for
the evacuation of the 40 megawatts hydro-electricity component of the
Kashim Billa multi-purpose hydro dam.
He noted that the dam was designed for agriculture, water supply and
electricity, is expected to provide jobs for thousands of Nigerians on
The contract estimated at N31.2 billion will include the development of
infrastructure for evacuating power from the dam
The project is expected to benefit well over six different states in the
north east, adding that the project will be completed in 18 months.