By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) has said that it is embarking on biometric survey of Ididep Itu Dam project in Akwa Ibom State to improve on its facilities for efficient services to the populace.
The Area Manager of NIWA in-charge of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Mohammed Adamu disclosed this to New Nigerian during the inspection tour of the project in the state, accompanied by officials of the Cross River State Basin Authority.
Adamu said that report of the biometric survey being carried out on the Dam would assist us to know what could be done on the facility to make it serve more positive socio-economic impacts on the state.
“The Dam has already been completed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, so we are here basically to do biometric survey to see how we can come in to make the project provide an efficient and effective service to the populace.
“Having work in synergy with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources through Cross River State Basin Authority, I can assure you that by the time we finished what we will do here such as distillation and clearing of the path, the socio-economic activities will improve in this place,” Adamu assured.
NIWA, he said is a federal government agency saddles with the responsibilities of developing the inland waterways within the territorial waters of Nigeria. We also clear anything that can hamper navigation within the waterways to ensure safety of lives of the users.
Earlier, the facilitator of the project, Sen. Ita Enang who also accompanied the team on the assessment tour said that the Dam was built by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources through the Cross River Basin Authority at the cost of about N998 million for the purpose of agriculture, fishing and tourism in the area.
Sen. Enang explained that the Dam was intended to impound and make water available at the upstream for irrigation and also reduce the flow of water from the downstream that used to flow to the other side of the dam for effective usage by the entire communities of Itu and Ibiono local government areas of Akwa Ibom state.
He added that the increasing demand by people who usually come to rent the place and build some entertainment spots, called for some other measures such as erosion control and beautification to be carried out on the dam to give it an added value.
Enang, who is the Senior Special Adviser to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), called on the Federal Ministry of Water Resources to provide small and medium sized vessels with lifejackets to the Dam to ease transportation, fishing and agriculture by the people living along the water routes.
Among the communities include, Ikot Akpan Abasi, Ikot Akpan Nya, Ikot Nko, Ikot Ekpot, Ikot Udoobuk, Ikot Akpan Ikot Odiong, Ikot Andem Itam, Ikot Uso Akpan, Ikot Ukap, Ekoi and Mbak Obio Itam.