Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Borno to Establish Six Irrigation Schemes

The Government of Borno plans to establish six irrigation schemes to boost food production next year, a top official said yesterday in Maiduguri.

Alhaji Babakaka Garbai, the state's Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, told newsmen that 35 hectares of farmland would be cultivated under each of the schemes.

He said the schemes would be located in the Mobbar, Askira-Uba, Shani, Monguno, Konduga and Jere local government areas (LGAs) of the state.

According to the commissioner, 400 households are to be engaged in the schemes, which are also aimed at creating job opportunities.

He said the state government would also establish two other schemes in Jere and Maiduguri to cultivate about 60 hectares of irrigation land.

"We are hoping that at least 550 households will benefit under the 60-hectare scheme, either directly or indirectly," Garbai said.

He said the schemes would take off before February, 2013.

The commissioner also said the state government had also awarded the contract for the provision of electricity in some towns and villages to prevent rural-urban migration.

"Contract has been awarded for the provision of electricity in Gashigar town in Mobbar LGA. We have also awarded another contract for the extension of the 33KVA line from Damasak to Gudumbali in the same LGA," he said.

Garbai said the contract involved the extension of the 33KVA line from Bama in Bama LGA to other towns like Mararaba Banki, Darajamal and Kajeri, among others.

"Arrangements have been completed for the extension of the 33KVA line from Maiduguri to Mafa in Mafa LGA and Dikwa in Dikwa LGA.

"The project will also extend to Marte in Marte LGA from Dikwa," he said.

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