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FG commences completion of abandoned Farin Ruwa Multipurpose Dam in Nasarawa State.

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The Federal Government has officially commenced the completion process for the 20 megawatts Farin Ruwa Multipurpose Dam in Wamba Local Government Area of Nasarawa state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Federal Executive Council had earlier approved N8.1 billion for the completion of the dam.

Speaking in Nasarawa on Saturday, Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, said the dam project had potential for irrigation, water supply and boosting socioeconomic and industrial development of the state.

Adamu said the contract, which had a 24-month timeline, comprised the completion of the dam embankment, spillway and outlet works.

He added that it would include water supply and hydro power components, 20 kilometres of access road and the rehabilitation of some service quarters that had already been under construction before the project was abandoned.

The minister noted that the project which started in 2003, suffered setback due to lack of funding, hence the state’s soliciting for intervention from the Federal Government.

“In consideration of the state’s request, President Muhammadu Buhari graciously approved the take-over and completion of the project in 2018.

“The President not only approved the completion of the project as designed, he also expanded it to include a regional water scheme and construction of irrigation infrastructure of 2,000 hectares for the people,” Adamu explained.

He expressed optimism that upon completion, the dam’s multipurpose uses would be beneficial to the populace.
Adamu pledged the commitment of the present administration to promoting infrastructural development that would improve the lives of all citizens and guarantee socio-economic development.

In his speech, Governor Abdullahi Sule said the potential in Farin Ruwa Waterfalls was more than tourism, with the capacity to generate 40 megawatts of electricity and 40,000 acres of irrigation land for agriculture.

Sule said that when he visited the waterfalls and discovered the biggest challenge was road infrastructure, the state awarded a N3 billion contract for the road network leading to the site.

The governor said that the bottom table of the waterfalls could generate 15 megawatts of power while the dam itself could easily generate 25 megawatts of power, totaling 40 megawatts capacity.

Sule said when he took over leadership in the state, he learnt that N5.8 billion had been spent on the abandoned project, hence he looked for means to complete it so as to maximize its advantages.

The Governor pledged the state’s commitment to support the full completion of the project within the stipulated time. (NAN)

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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Sanusi II To Be Reinstated As Kano Emir …..As State Assembly Dethrones Emir Bayero, Others

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano, according to a report by LEADERSHIP newspaper.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP reported that it had it on a good authority that Sanusi II had been reinstated, and was expected in Kano on Friday.

“According to credible inside sources, ‘So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it’.

“The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

“Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”

“Our correspondent also reports that all the district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions.”

 

 

 

Source: Leadership

 

 

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