The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has directed the FCT Water Board to continually maintain the Pedan Dam in the highbrow area of Asokoro District, Abuja to ensure that raw water is made available all year round.
The Minister gave this directive when he and the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye paid an unscheduled visit to the site.
The Pendan Dam has been constructed by the FCT Administration for flood and erosion control while the raw water in the Dam is used all year round for horticultural activities.
The Dam usually supplies raw water for the watering of plants at the IBB Golf Course, Presidential Villa and the Abuja Plant Nursery as well as other horticultural activities in and around the Federal Capital City.
Malam Bello emphasized that the continuous maintenance would improve the services the Dam is rendering and elongates its lifespan.
He reiterated that the Pedan Dam is a very important asset of Abuja that must be protected as aquatic activities can also be improved around the city via that facility.
Taking the Minister and his entourage round the Dam, the FCT Director of Water Board, Mr. Hudu Bello, said the facility was constructed in line with the Abuja Master Plan to arrest water flood and channel same for horticultural activities in the City, thereby preserving the treated water from the Lower Usuma Dam meant for human consumption.
The Director revealed that the Pedan Dam has a total volume of 5.8million cubic meter of water at peak period of raining season, which is transferred periodically to the Plant Nursery, IBB Golf Course as well as the Presidential Villa.
Muhammad Hazat Sule, FCAI
Deputy Director / Chief Press Secretary,
Thursday, April 20, 2017.