Nigerian government completes Galma Dam, eyes 1.1m job opportunities
Nigeria’s Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, has said that the completed Galma dam in the Soba Local Government Area of Kaduna State could create job opportunities for over 1.1 million people living within its environs.
The building of the Galma dam started in 2006. Adamu, who inspected the project, said apart from the irrigation component, the multipurpose dam with a reservoir capacity of about 186 million cubic metres of water could also generate 2.2 MW of electricity and supply water to 2.2 million people in the surrounding communities.
He commended the work done on the project and charged the company to facilitate the construction of roads for easy access.
The minister had earlier commissioned the secretariat of the National Water Resources Capacity Building in Kaduna and praised its role in collaborative research and capacity building in the sector.
Adamu promised the ministry’s support, just as he encouraged the institute to deliver on its mandate and ensure that its reputation is sustained.
The Executive Director, Dr. Emmanuel Adanu, said the institute had the mandate to promote and develop training courses, perform applied research, promote necessary codes of practice and cooperation with similar bodies within and outside the country as well as international bodies.
He added that in the current financial year, the budgetary allocation to the institute had tremendously increased, while patronage of its tailor-made short courses by the ministry and its departments had taken positive turn.