The Federal Government has approved a N497 million contract for the construction of the Ijegu Yala Dam in Yala Local Government Area of Cross River State.
The construction, expected to take off this year, will be done in phases. The facility is primarily for water supply, erosion and flood control and irrigation for large-scale farming.
The Managing Director of the Cross River Basin Development Authority, Mr. Bassey Nkposong, said the commencement of the project was a dream come true for the Authority and the people.
He said the Authority was planning to establish an integrated farm settlement in the six senatorial districts of the catchment states. He noted that over 30 hectares of land from each of the districts have already been offered freely for the project, a pilot scheme for large-scale farmers in Cross River and Akwa Ibom States.
Nkposong said the Authority has taken over full management of the Songhai Farms in Abi Local Government Area, adding that soon, the project would be restored to its past glory.