The Federal Government has commissioned the newly reconstructed Maska Earth Dam in Katsina State.
The reconstructed dam, which was executed by the Federal Government through the Ecological Fund Office, was also handed over to Funtua Local Government Council in Katsina, with the aim of providing adequate water for agriculture and other basic water needs of the communities, in and round the local government area.
Speaking at the commissioning and handing over of the dam, Water Resources minister Engr. Suleiman Adamu, noted that the project was part of the ecological intervention projects across the six geopolitical zones approved by President Muhammadu Buhari at the inception of his administration.
According to him, the reconstructed dam was executed by the government through the Ecological Fund Office in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The minister stated that the project was expected to address the decay and degradation of the dam that provided water for agricultural and other purposes for the communities around the environs. “The overall objective of the dam construction is to increase the capacity of the dam to provide adequate water for farming and grazing purposes,” he said.
He charged the communities to cherish the project by ensuring the proper use and management of the dam, adding that it is the responsibility of the communities to own and maintain the project to ensure its sustainability.
The Permanent Secretary, Ecological Fund Office, represented by a Deputy-Director, Mr. Awwal Sani, said the dam was first constructed in 1996. The reconstruction work was initiated through a request for intervention for improvement on the dam’s capacity.