The Federal Executive Council yesterday met and approved N1.735 billion for the completion of Sabke water project in Katsina.
Addressing State House reporters after the meeting, Water Resources Minister Sulaiman Adamu said it was an abandoned project.
He said the FEC also approved outline business case for the concessioning of the Gurara 30 megawatt hydro power plant "which is supposed to fit into the industrial area of Kaduna City."
The minister said in the next two years, the government would de-emphasising on new water projects in order to complete ongoing ones.
Adamu disclosed that when he assumed office, there were 117 ongoing and abandoned projects, adding that he inherited a debt profile of N89 billion.
He said: "These were claims by contractors awaiting to be paid, and a total projection of another N250bn to complete those 117 ongoing projects. Our task has been to concentrate more on completing some of these projects. So, we set out to do a technical audit early last year on these projects based on which we prioritised them--top, medium and low priority.
"Some projects that were thought not to be worthwhile were cancelled. This project (Sabke water supply) approved happens to be one of the top priority projects. That's why we're willing to spend little more money to get the value for which the project was intended.
"We're going to continue like that and we hope to complete at least 25 percent of those 117 ongoing projects in the 2017 budget. We were able to complete one last year which was the Central Ogbia Water Project. The next one will be the Northern Ishan in Edo State. These projects cut across water supplies, dams, hydro power and irrigation. They're all being accorded their own priority.
Adamu, who blamed lack of budgetary allocations for non-completion of some projects, said additional N200m was needed for the Northern Ishan project "which is far less compared to what has been spent which is close to N3bn. Once the stolen and vandalized components are fixed, we'll be ready to commission the project."
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