Ilorin - The Federal Government will engage 1,500 workers through the Integrated Irrigation Dam Project in Eyekonrin-Araromi, Kwara, an official has said.
Abubakar Aduagba, the Managing Director of the Lower Niger River Basin Authority, Ilorin, announced this in Eyekonrin, Asa Local Government Area during the National Good Governance Tour to the project on Tuesday.
Aduagba explained that the construction of the dam started in 2009 as constituency project of Mr Ayo Adeseun, a member of House of Representatives, which was funded by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
According to him, the 1.3 cubic metre dam will also provide 5,000 gallons of water per day for the people living in the area.
He also said that the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) took advantage of the project to build structure in the area to train graduates in farming and fishing.
``The dam, which was built by a local contractor, is now 100 per cent completed and the full irrigation processes will start next year.
``The NDE is also taking the advantage of the project to build their structure in this area to train people in farming, fishing among others,’’ he said.
He, however, noted that the dam would not be operated by the Federal Government but by individual farmers who would be formed into cooperative groups.
Aduagba told the inspection team led by the Minister of Information and Communications, Mr Labaran Maku, that the project cost was N630 million.
In another development, Dr John Olanrewaju, the Director-General of Michael Imoudu National Institute of Labour Studies, Ilorin, said the Federal Government would spend N550 million on the structural building of the institute.
Taking the team round the ongoing project in the institute during the tour, the director-general said N148 million had so far been spent on the construction of auditorium and road network.
Olanrewaju explained that the construction work in the institute would require N350 million while furniture and other facilities would take the rest amount.
He appreciated the Federal Government for accelerating development in the institute, saying that the institute, established in 1983, had suffered neglect in the past.
The director-general explained that the institute had now become a regional centre as labour unions across the West Africa were coming to the centre for trainings.
He commended the Federal Government for the support and lauded the state Government for donating two blocks of hostel to the institute.
In his remarks, Chukwuemeka Wogu, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, said that the accelerated effort given to the institute was more than contribution from the previous government.
He added that the effort had made the institute a foremost trade union centre in Africa.