The federal ministry of water resources, on Wednesday, December 19, said that the federal government has approved N700 million to complete the Farin Ruwa Hydro power project in Nasarawa state to boost power generation in the country. Musa Ibrahim, the permanent secretary of the ministry, said this following the end of a tour to the Farin Ruwa dam site in Wamba local government area.
The federal government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Nasarawa state government to enable it takeover and complete the dam project. “As at 2003 to 2004, the project was 65 per cent completed as the state government had purchased all the needed equipment, but unfortunately there was a fire outbreak on the project site which destroyed most equipment, some also became obsolete.”
Ibrahim also said that the project conceptualised in 2001 with the intention of providing no fewer than 20 megawatts electricity to Nasarawa state, was stalled due to paucity of funds. He noted that the state government had initially spent N6 billion for the purchase of equipment for the project that had become moribund, to make the project be up and running.