Abuja - The minister of water resources, Sara Ochekpe, said efforts by the federal government to compensate communities affected by the building of dams was progressing well with more than N260 million paid out to more than 20 communities.
Speaking in Taraba State, she said the host communities such as those affected of Kashimbila Dam in Takum local government, had received much-needed attention from government.
“President Goodluck Jonathan would continue to appreciate the communities for allowing government to make use of their lands,” she said.
The minister of environment, Darius Ishaku, stressed on the need to award the contract for the transmission of power noting that the act would go a long way in making the dam functional.
Ishaku observed that construction work at the dam almost hit rock bottom but was saved by the intervention of President Jonathan.
He admonished the construction firm, Suros Construction Company (SCC) to carry the people of the community along.
He said the host communities had been magnanimous enough and pleaded with the contractors to reciprocate the olive branch extended to them by the communities.
“I urged the contractors to reintegrate the communities into their programmes,” he added.
The Kashimbila project, which is already in a state of completion, would go a long way to check the threat of flood from the structurally weak volcanic Lake Nyos, which is located in the high Bamenda Plateau upstream along the border with Republic of Cameroon.
– CAJ News