Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 January 2013

Nigeria: FG to Revive Anambra Irrigation Project - Maku

Awka — The Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to reactivate the Lower Anambra Irrigation Project for massive rice production.

Information Minister, Labaran Maku, said this when he led the National Good Governance Tour delegation on an inspection of the project in Omor, Ayamelum Local Government Area of the state

Maku said the government has created synergy with the private sector to achieve self-sufficiency in rice production by 2015.

This, he said, will give rise to the renewed momentum to harness the full potential of the project.

The minister regretted that the project, which was established in 1981, was run down due to lack of maintenance which can be linked to government inefficiency.

Maku, who expressed apprehension that the project might not achieve its desired goals if handled solely by government agencies, said the private sector would take the lead in the production of food to guarantee food security in the country.

Managing Director of the Anambra-Imo River Basin Development, Onu Eluwa, lamented that the project was not properly maintained by successive governments.

He said though the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in 2005 rehabilitated the project, it was yet to be completed due to the manner in which funds are being released.

He, however, added that in May 2012 the project was revived and significant progress had been made.

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