The Time of Project Shutdown is Over – FG Calls Contractor to Handle N128m Adamawa Irrigation Project

According to Bello Goronyo, the Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation, the contractor managing the N128 million Talum irrigation project in Adamawa State has been roped in by the government.

Following an inspection visit to the project site on Friday in Kiri, Shelleng Local Government Area, the state, Goronyo made the announcement.

According to the Nigerian News Agency, American West Africa Agro is the company managing the project, which was supervised by Yola's Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority.

The minister expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing project, stating that initiatives should not be given up yet because Nigerians want to know that their money is being spent wisely. “I think the time for stopping projects is over. We are here to marshal the resources to ensure that whatever contract you get, you must execute the contract because Nigerians must get value for their money.

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“There is no way anyone can get a contract and sleep without executing it.

“What I did is a clear demonstration that we are on the ground monitoring the procurement of the contracts we have awarded and ensuring that they are completed and delivered to the Nigerian people.

“So, I have called on the contractor to meet me in Abuja on Monday to discuss the matter,” he said.

The Minister's visit to the site was commended by Abubakar Muazu, Managing Director of UBRBDA.

However, he pointed out that more needs to be done because the water industry requires a lot of capital and therefore public-private partnerships are encouraged.

He claims that only 60% of the water potential has been utilized by the Dangote Sugar mill.

The minister reportedly also visited the Kiri Dam complex and Dangote Sugar refinery, which according to NAN use the dam to produce water.

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In addition, he paid a courtesy call on Dr. Barkindo Mustapha, the Lamido of Adamawa, and Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State.

According to Bello Goronyo, the Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation, the contractor managing the N128 million Talum irrigation project in Adamawa State has been roped in by the government.

Following an inspection visit to the project site on Friday in Kiri, Shelleng Local Government Area, the state, Goronyo made the announcement.

According to the Nigerian News Agency, American West Africa Agro is the company managing the project, which was supervised by Yola's Upper Benue River Basin Development Authority.

The minister expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing project, stating that initiatives should not be given up yet because Nigerians want to know that their money is being spent wisely.

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“I think the time for stopping projects is over. We are here to marshal the resources to ensure that whatever contract you get, you must execute the contract because Nigerians must get value for their money.

“There is no way anyone can get a contract and sleep without executing it.

“What I did is a clear demonstration that we are on the ground monitoring the procurement of contracts that we have awarded and ensuring that they are completed and delivered to the Nigerian people.

“So, I have called on the contractor to meet me in Abuja on Monday to discuss the matter,” he said.

NAN

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