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Kaduna Govt. to Build Dam On 800,000 Hectares in Birnin-Gwari Forest

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By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna

As part of efforts by the Kaduna state Government to wipe out criminality and banditry between Buruku and Birnin-Gwari towns, the state government had proposed to turn the 800,000 hectares’ forest which had remained den for terrorists into a dam.

This was disclosed by the Director-General, Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency, Ismail Umaru-Dikko, at the ongoing 7th edition of the Kaduna Investment Summit.

Dikko further explained that the proposed dam project will not only address the security challenges in the state, but permanently end flooding in Kaduna metropolis.

According to the KASUPDA boss, “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 have happened 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.”

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