Obasanjo inaugurates dam at FUNAAB

Obasanjo inaugurates dam at FUNAAB

By Abiodun Lawal, Abeokuta.


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Friday inaugurated a seven-billion-litre capacity dam at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB) in Ogun State.


The dam is about 20 kilometres away from the university campus.


Obasanjo, represented by his son, Dr Seun Obasanjo, commended the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Kolawole Salako, for the project.


He urged other institutions and communities to emulate such gesture, adding that it would enhance the national development.


“If each institution and each community are doing this kind of projects, the nation will develop a lot faster.


“One of the nation’s development goals is the provision of clean water for its citizens and that is what this project will achieve.


“Even in this community, it will touch a lot of lives. Therefore. it is my honour, and I am happy to be here to inaugurate this project. I am also happy that the institution is moving forward,” he said.


Obasanjo said that he was willing to work with the institution and the community, to attract more development to the neighbourhood.


“Even if it means partnering for the electricity generation, we can have a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. I’m ready to serve and I am ready to join with this community,” he said.


In his remarks, Salako said that the construction of the dam started in 2018 to address the perennial water supply challenges on the campus and its environment.


The vice-chancellor said that the project would also serve as source of water for irrigation farmers.


“We might be ambitious enough in the future to generate electricity, the investment will really be heavy to get that done but we may be lucky to get the money and get electricity,” he said.


Salako said that the dam would serve the entire campus, including hostels, officials’ quarters and other facilities of the institution.

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