The Minister Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE has said that Ile Ife Dam which is one of the 116 projects inherited by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources is a top priority project to be completed by the ministry.
The minister disclosed this on Wednesday 16th August, 2017 when he visited the project which was abandoned since 2008.
According to him, the project was selected for completion in line with the Federal Government’s commitment to completing all abandoned water projects in the country.
“Government is continuous, so in the Ministry of Water Resources, emphasis is on completing the abandoned projects instead of starting new ones. We prioritized the projects according to the socio-economic importance to the people and Ile Ife dam is one of such projects”, he said.
Ile Ife dam was awarded in December, 2004 and work was suspended in August, 2008 due to paucity of funds and lean annual budgetary provisions. It was intended to solve the acute water shortage in Osun State. It is designed with about 18million cubic Water capacity for irrigation and 2 megawatts of power supply.
Earlier, His Imperial Majesty, Ogunwusi Adeyeye Enitan, Ooni of Ife commended the Honourable Minister for his passion and professionalism in the discharge of his duties. He described him as a very passionate, focused driven and goal getter.
He said the project is very critical to the lives of Ife community. “If this project is completed, it would provide potable water to a large population of Ife, boost hydro-power generation and encourage all year round farming through irrigation”, he said.
He added that as a traditional leader, he will use his position to advocate for youths participation in farming to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in diversification from oil based economy to agriculture driven economy.