H.E the Vice President Abdirahman Abdillahi Ismael Sayli’i over the week inaugurated the Humboweyne dam, the first ever of its kind to build in the country.
The VP speaking during the ceremony said, “On behalf of the people and government of Somaliland, I would like to thank Sheik Khalifa bin Said Al Nayhan , the ruler of the UAE for his generosity towards Somaliland.
“The day H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo laid the foundation stone, many people doubted it was a dream if the project would be successful, now the dream has turned into reality”, he said.
He added, “I would further like to thank Khalifa Bin Zayid Al Nahiyan for funding the project, and also the UAE based construction works of Conser for their hard work and completing the project in a such a short time (Six Months).
The VP who was flanked by the Minister of Presidency Hon. Mahmoud Hashi Abdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Saad Ali Shire, State Minister for Water Resources Hon. Mahdi Osman Buuri, Presidential Spokesman Eng. Hussein Aden Egge and the Manager of the Water Agency.
The project which is the first of its kind of this magnitude in the country covers an area of 800 m2 and will carry 500,000 cubic meters of water and had its foundation stone lain by the Head of State himself.
It is located at a strategic area where more than four major seasonal rivers and several streams converge. The dam, once completed will not only serve the boosting of Hargeisa city water supply alone, but will greatly fledge the agricultural industry in its environs.
Funded by Khalifa Bin Zayid Al Nahiyan, the project is being implemented by the UAE based construction works of Conser. All the technical workers are Somalilanders, according to Conser local head. They will also build several public amenities like medical health dispensaries etc.