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FEC approves N40bn for Gurara, Ilesha dams

THE Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved N40 billion for the completion of Gurara and Ilesha dam projects.

Minister of Information, Labaran Maku who revealed the approval to newsmen yesterday after the meeting said the projects were in line with the resolve of President Jonathan’s administration  to complete all on-going projects.

Mr Maku who was accompanied by his colleague in the Water Resources Ministry, Mrs Sarah Ochekpe, said  the Guarara dam project was conceived to supply water to the Federal Capital Territory through the Lower Usman Dam.

According to him, upon completion, the project will provide irrigation for farmers as well as generate 30 mega watts of electricity, adding that the two phases of Guarara dam – Lot A and B will provide irrigation for about 20,000 farmers and generate about 8,000 jobs.

Speaking on the projects, the  Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe said the  projects will be completed between 12 and 18 months.

While the Gurara project was  awarded in the sum of N37 billion, the Water Resources Minister said the contract for the  Ilesha dam is in the sum of N3.6 billion.

The  Minister of Information also disclosed that Nigeria’s membership of the International Anti-Corruption Academy was also ratified by council


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