The Borno State Government has dredged rivers to prevent perennial flooding during rainy seasons in different parts of Maiduguri, the State capital.
A statement by the government said work was being carried out on the orders of Governor Kashim Shettima, who approved the release of funds about two weeks ago, through the State Ministry of Agriculture.
The statement said the Nigerian Meteorological Agency had predicted normal rainfall in Borno State this year, but Governor Shettima was concerned that the prediction of flooding in neighbouring Adamawa State by the Agency meant Borno should also prepare.
It said the State’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Mohammed Dili has been actively involved on site supervision, ”which commenced with the dredging of River Ngadda, beneath the Lagos Bridge towards the densely populated Gwange area in Maiduguri”.
Improving economic activities
The dredging which began on April 13, 2017, has already covered more than six hundred metres and is expected “to ease the flow of water, prevent flooding and enhance economic activities downstream, as more hectares of land will be put into cultivation of rice, vegetable crops and fish farming”.
“The dredging of River Ngadda is also expected to cover from Lagos Bridge, Gwange, Custom bridge, Gamboru Market Area up to Farm Centre Maiduguri, also River Ngaddabul will be dredged commencing from the Shehu Garbai School, Eye Hospital/Dental hospital bridge, Kyari Park, BRTV, El-Kanemi bridge up to the the point of discharge to River Ngadda to further enhance the flow of water, prevent flooding and increase economic activities downstream,” the Commissioner explained.
Governor Shettima’s administration has since completed the construction of roads and drainages in numerous populated areas like Hausari, Gwange, Bulumkutu Abuja, Bulumkutu Tsallake and Abujan Talakawa, where citizens suffered the pains of flooding for many years.