Federal Gov’t To build more Dams For Water Supply, Irrigation


To ensure adequate water supply and irrigation for its populace, the federal government plans to construct more dams nationwide.

Dr. Adeniyi Saheed Aremu, the managing director of the Lower Niger River Basin Development Authority (LNRBDA) in Ilorin, Kwara State, revealed this on Thursday during the 42nd Media Parliament of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) of the Kwara State Council in the state capital of Ilorin.

At the "Ending Perennial Acute Water Shortage in Our Society" event, Aremu stated that the administration led by President Bola Tinubu's deliverables and goals aligned with the decision to construct more water dams.

He pointed out that after the water facilities were built, they would be made accessible for various uses by the public, following the government's key performance index.

The water in Asa-Dam can supply Ilorin inhabitants with clean drinking water, according to the LNRBDA Managing Director, who also stated that the authority under his direction has restored several water works to aid the state government.

To lessen the impact of citizens' inability to purchase fuel or petroleum to power their generators for water delivery, he said, the authority chose to install solar systems alongside new water facilities it erected in communities.

The Managing Director of LNRBDA revealed that his agency will mini-scale water treatment projects for communities in place of big, frequently time-consuming dams, attributing the regularity of water shortages to the population increase.

He continued by saying that since 2017, the authority has dug 1,107 boreholes in Kwara and Kogi states, within its coverage regions.

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