|Gurara Dam: FG to generate 340 megawatts|
| NEW NIGERIAN NEWSPAPER
Monday, July 06, 2009
The Federal Government plans to generate 340 megawatts of electricity from Gurara Dam, originally built for water supply to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Mr Hazat Sule, the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT Minister, said in a statementÂ in Abuja that government was determined to realise theÂ 6,000 megawatts electricity target promised the nation by December.The statement said: â€œThe drive to meet the target is still on track, because all hands are on deck to realise it.â€™â€™ It said other advantages government intended to tap from the Gurara Dam project included large scale all-year-round mechanised irrigation farming, livestock and fishery production.The statement said the FCT Minister, Alhaji Adamu Aliero, led a Presidential team, including the two Ministers of Agriculture and Water Resources, Dr Abba Ruma and Mrs Fidelia Njeze, as well as the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Dr Tanimu Kurfi, on a tour of the dam at the weekend.It said the tour was to enable the team to conduct an on-the-spot assessment of work at the dam, and assure Nigerians that the promise of 6,000 megawatts of electricity generation would be kept, given the state of work on project.The statement quoted Aliero as reiterating that President Umaru Yarâ€˜Adua was committed to providing stable power supply to the country, to stimulate economic activitiesâ€¦.