Insecurity: Kaduna govt to turn forests into dam
The Kaduna State Government says it has concluded arrangements to build a dam on the 800,000 hectares forests between Buruku and Birnin-Gwari towns, which had, over the years, remained den for terrorists and other related criminals.
The Director-General, Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency, Ismail Umaru-Dikko, made this known at the ongoing 7th edition of the Kaduna Investment Submit.
According to the KASUPDA boss, the dam project will not only address the security challenges in the state, but permanently end flooding in Kaduna metropolis.
He said, “From Buruku to Birnin-Gwari where we have been experiencing armed robbery from time immemorial. It moved to cattle rustling and now kidnapping and banditry.
“So, we feel something must happen there. We have a very massive land that has never been utilised there and that is why we cannot just fold our arms and allow criminals to continue to take advantage of the blessed land.
“So, we came up with the master plan and discovered that from Buruku to Birnin-Gwari, we have close to 800,000 hectares of land which is about two states in another part of the country. We are creating a dam there.
“Presently, Kaduna is just like a drainage for the water, which is coming from Bauchi, passing through here to Shiroro Dam. The water sometimes causes flood here. So, as a way of finding lasting solution, we will build the dam, save the water, address the flood problem and harvest the water during the dry season for irrigation farming.