The Idye River Basin in Makurdi is set to witness a remarkable transformation as the Federal Government unveils a groundbreaking hydraulic drainage project.

Aimed at combating erosion and minimizing the devastating effects of flooding, this 1.2km initiative marks a significant milestone in environmental preservation.

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The inauguration ceremony, held under the auspices of the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utserv, showcased the government’s unwavering commitment to address water-related challenges.

Representing the Minister, Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, emphasized the importance of this project in safeguarding communities and promoting sustainable development.

During the event, Prof. Utserv unveiled the government’s ambitious plan to construct dams nationwide as part of their comprehensive flood mitigation strategy.

Recognizing the critical role of water infrastructure in the nation’s progress, he reiterated the government’s dedication to building a Nigeria where every citizen benefits.

The National Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (N-HYPPADEC) is entrusted with the management of this pivotal project. Senator Akume, in his address, highlighted the project’s significance in reducing flood risks and ensuring the long-term well-being of Makurdi.

He emphasized the commission’s commitment to ecological restoration and sustainable growth in riverine communities across the country.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation also underscored the alignment of this initiative with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision for an industrialized and developed Nigeria.

By harnessing the power of hydropower while prioritizing the needs of local communities, the project aims to strike an ideal balance between progress and preservation.

Speaking on the extensive damage caused by flooding in Benue, Managing Director of N-HYPPADEC, Abubakar Yelwa, expressed deep concern for the affected families and their livelihoods.

The devastating floods of 2022 resulted in the destruction of thousands of homes and farmlands, displacing a staggering number of people. This alarming situation underscores the urgent need for decisive action to protect communities and restore stability.

Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia, represented by Deputy Governor Sam Ode, acknowledged the vulnerability of the state to seasonal flooding and erosion due to its geographical and climatic conditions.

Recognizing the significant threats posed to agriculture and the well-being of the population, he expressed gratitude for the Idye flood control/dyke project, which symbolizes hope for the region.

As the government takes proactive measures to combat the perennial menace of flooding, this project stands as a testament to their steadfast commitment to environmental preservation and community resilience.

Through strategic initiatives like this, Nigeria moves closer to a future where nature and progress thrive hand in hand.