25 February 2004

Nigeria: Minister Summons Kagara Dam Contractor

Abuja — Apparently displeased with the pace of work at the Kagara Dam Project in Niger State, the Minister of State for Water Resources, Mr. Bashr Ishola Awotorebo has summoned the contractor handling the project, Messer Biwater Shellabear (Nig) Ltd. The contractor is to address certain allegations concerning the contract.

A statement made available to THISDAY from the office of the minister noted that, the order was given when the minister paid a working visit to the site of the dam.

The Dam project located four kilometers Southwest of Kagara town in the Rafi Local Government of Niger State, suffered setback due to dearth of funds by previous administrations.

The 23-year old project, which was originally designed and partially constructed by WRECA in 1981, suffered its first set back when the state government reneged on its financial obligations, and led to the termination of the contract in 1982.

In December 1992, the Federal Government took over the project and re-awarded it to Biwater at the cost of N199,222,596.00 with the scope of the contract increased to include the IMGD Water treatment plant and 1000 hectares of irrigation.

Awotorebo told Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Ahmed while on a courtesy visit to Kure, that Biwater took possession of the site in January 1993 with a view to completing the work in 24 months.

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