Middle Rima Valley irrigation project to get back on track- FG
In the determination of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to complete all ongoing projects in the water sector, the Federal Ministry of Water Resources plans to mobilize funds to complete the Middle Rima Valley Irrigation project of the Goronyo dam which has been stalled for some years due to poor funding, land tenure, compensation issues among other factors.
The Honourable Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu, FNSE disclosed this on Friday 10th March, 2017 when he visited the project site in Sokoto State.
Adamu who was visiting the project site under the ministry said that the vision of our forefathers for conceiving such gigantic project must be protected by making sure that the benefits reach the people of Sokoto State.
The Project was intended to provide irrigation facilities for all year round agricultural activities in the area covering about 5, 360 hectares. A total of 2,730 hectares have been completed and already put into use for irrigation activities. On the completion of the entire irrigation area, more than 20,000 farming families are expected to benefit from the scheme.
He identified land tenure; poor funding and the inability to pay full compensation to the inhabitants whose land were encroached on as the challenges militating against the completion of the irrigation project.
He assured the contractors that they would be mobilized to site as the issues of compensation and land tenure would be resolved soon. He added that he would bring on board private participation and the Sokoto State Government to see that the project is resuscitated.
The Executive Governor of Sokoto, RT Honourable Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said that the appointment of the Honourable Minister of Water Resources is a round square in a round hole. “Your appointment is a well deserved one, the government of Sokoto State is trying hard to catch up with your giant strides as far as irrigation farming is concern”, he said.
He said that six irrigation projects have been identified in the State and when fully developed would make the state to have sufficient food. He assured the minister that the State is ready to collaborate with the Federal Government in making sure that the Federal Government food security policy is successful.
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto State, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III assured the minister when the latter paid him a courtesy visit that he will mobilize the youth to embrace agricultural activities as this would change the socio-economic life of the state.
Margaret E. Umoh