Dastardly acts of Boko Haram insurgency and dismal funding from the federal government have delayed the construction of the Dugwuba Earth and Irrigation Dam, a water dam project located in Adamawa State, according to the construction firm handling the project.
The firm told the National Assembly yesterday at a public hearing that work on the site, which it claims is 40 percent completed, has been stalled in the last five years as a result of Boko Haram’s constant invasion of the community, thereby forcing people to flee the area, including the construction staff.
The project, located in Hong in Adamawa State, was on the priority list of government because of its importance to the socio-economic needs of the state and its neighbours, was awarded in 2011 to Quartz Solar Energy Systems Limited, at the cost of N753.7million to be executed within a period of 18 months.
However, the Chairman/Chief Executive of Quartz Solar Energy Systems Limited, Umar Tela told the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions that his company now known as QL- Teknik Limited has not abandoned the dam as alleged in petitions forwarded to the National Assembly.
“You recall that there were petitions to your committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions concerning the projects stating that the project worth over N700 million has been abandoned. No, that is not correct. It is a known fact that Boko Haram invasion of some areas in Adamawa State, including the immediate environment of the project disrupted activities as most people fled the area including construction firm.
“So, we did not abandon the project, and I want to rule out any mischief on our part because from the onset, the federal government had been clear on the fact that it is a priority item. And apart from the insurgency disruption, paltry funding from the government has been a factor in the slow pace of the construction of the dam and water irrigation project,” he told the committee stressing that the firm was ever ready to continue work at the site.

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