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A Project Commissioned In Zamfara
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Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has flagged
off the $495 million (over N150 billion) rehabilitation
of 8,000 hectare Bakolori Irrigation Project, sponsored
by the World Bank in Talata-mafara, Zamfara state.
Osinbajo, represented by the minister of water
resources, Engineer Suleiman Adamu, at the event on
Tuesday, July 18 said the World Bank was intervening
in the country's irrigation program, under the
Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria
(TRIMING).
He added that the World Bank had selected five major
basin and sub-basin and “they want to improve the
irrigation capacities because most of the existing
irrigation require rehabilitation.”
Osinbajo commissioning a project during his visit to
Zamfara on Tuesday, July 18. Photo credit: Aso Rock
He stated that the World Bank is investing over N150
billion to rehabilitate the existing irrigation systems in
Bakolori; Middle Rima in Sokoto; Kano river irrigation
project; Hadejia valley irrigation project in Jigawa and
Dadinkowa in Gombe.
“It’s not just about irrigation; transforming the way we
manage irrigation practice in the country. Its
supporting the water user association to farmers, we
have some input to how irrigation systems are managed
in the country,” he said.
The acting president said that with the trimming if
completed will provide an addition of 50,000ha back
on stream in the country.
“Here in Bakolori we are rehabilitating 8,000ha of
exiting gravity federal irrigation system and another
5,560ha of what use to be sprinkler irrigation. With the
energy consideration we have not been able to continue
running the sprinkler irrigation system, so it will be
converted into gravity feed irrigation system,” he said.
He said, the project will be a milestone for the
ministry, adding that “ for the past two years we have
been planning, we are flagging it off with Bakolori and
the next one will be Kano River Irrigation Project were
we hope to rehabilitate those 5,000ha and to Haejia
Valley which was started over 30 years ago.”
According to the national project coordinator, Engineer
Peter Manjuk, “the triming project was an intervention
of the federal government of Nigeria through the
ministry Of water resources to transform irrigation
practice to dry season farming for sustainability of job
creation, food sufficiency, and food security to reduce
property and increase wealth to the timing farmers in
the country.
“The work will be completed as expected in the next
three years and half. The project entails a complete
overhaul and rehabilitation of existing 8,000ha and the
conversion of the abandoned sprinkling irrigation areas
gravity systems, which is 5500ha.”
Osinbajo acknowledging cheers from students during his
visit to Zamfara state on Tuesday, July 18. Photo credit:
Aso Rock
Manjuk stated that by the end of the intervention,
13,500ha will be fully rehabilitated and equipped for
successful and sustainable irrigation practice.
On levy for irrigation paid by farmers, he said, “It is
outdated for government agencies to go into the farms
to collect irrigation fees from farmers. What the farmers
need is to be empowered, confident in themselves to be
able to manage their affairs and this farmers should be
able to gathers their fees and pay for board water
supply to have this water when due.”
About the locations of the irrigation project, Manjuk
said, “it’s a pilot scheme and is not lopsided, when
successfully implemented the project will be replicated
all over the nation, this are large schemes of
government.”
  


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