Flooding: The Senate calls on the FG to build the Dasin Hausa Dam in Adamawa

Flooding: The Senate calls on the FG to build the Dasin Hausa Dam in Adamawa
The Senate has asked the Federal Government to build the Dasin Hausa Dam as a long-term remedy for the River Benue's yearly flooding.

The upper chamber recommended the federal government to step in and build certain flood mitigation infrastructure, including embankments, at strategic locations along the Benue River and other rivers in the nation through the Ecological Fund Office.

This is being done to safeguard the Benue trough's agricultural areas, infrastructure, and communities downstream.

The motion sponsored by Sen. Binos Yaroe (PDP-Adamawa) during Tuesday's plenary led to the resolutions passed by the Senate.

"Urgent Need to Address the Recurring Issue of Flood-Induced Damages caused by the Willful Release of Water from the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon:

"The Need for a Long-Term Fix to the Issue."

15 additional senators joined in supporting the measure.

Yaroe, who moved the motion, bemoaned the fact that Nigeria was supposed to build a buffer dam in Dasin Hausa, Adamawa, when the Lagdo Dam in Cameroon was going to be built in the 1980s.

He claimed that this would act as a backup dam to stop Lagdo Dam spills, but unhappily the Dasin Hausa Dam has not yet been built.

He remembered NEMA's warning that the recent water release from Cameroon's Lagdo Dam would result in more flooding disasters along the Benue River.

"Adamawa, this will impact eight states. Bayelsa, Taraba, Benue, Kogi, Anambra, Edo, and Benue.

"A significant amount of the land mass of the states of Adamawa, Taraba, Benue, and Kogi is included within the River Benue trough, which is periodically inundated by rain-induced runoff that primarily emanates from the Lagdo Dam.

In both the wet and dry seasons, the communities residing in the aforementioned River Benue lowlands cultivate a variety of crops.

"Unless a long-term solution is implemented, the frequency and intensity of hydrological hazards, such as floods, as are experienced annually from unregulated releases, most especially from Lagdo Dam, will continue to cause various forms of catastrophic outcomes."

Following a voice vote by the Deputy Senate President, Jibrin Barau, who presided over the plenary, the senators unanimously approved the motions.

According to NAN, the dam project at the Dasin village of the Fufore Local Government Area of Adamawa was intended to produce 300 megawatts of energy and irrigate around 150,000 hectares of land in the states of Adamawa, Taraba, and Benue.

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