The federal government and Kaduna State government have formally signed a multimillion-dollar Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the execution of Itisi Multi-purpose Dam project aimed at improving water supply, irrigation and hydro-power in Kaduna and its environs.
The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Sulaiman Adamu, and the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru El-Rufai, did a virtual signing of the MoU which, Daily Trust reports, was earlier designed in 2008 as a Hydro-Power Generation Dam, but now redesigned to provide water supply to Kaduna metropolis and environs, as well as an irrigation infrastructure of about 35,000 hectares, in addition to the generation of 40MW of power.
Engr. Adamu explained that the ministry was re-strategising to ensure that proactive steps were taken towards the implementation of the revised project components and scope, adding that the MoU was expected to strengthen partnerships with Kaduna State government in the implementation of large scale infrastructure water projects within the 2016-2030 roadmaps.
On his part, Governor El-Rufai said the project would be completed after 2023, adding that the state was sourcing for about $400 million from the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank to devote adequate resources in fulfilling its obligations under the MoU.
The project would be executed in four phases consisting of design and construction of the dam, intake structure, hydro-power civil works and access road to the dam site to be handled by the federal government.
Kaduna State is expected to handle the fourth phase of the project commencing 2023, comprising design and construction of intake structure and development of 35,000 hectares of land, and installation of irrigation facilities.