In an effort to boost food production and to enhance food security in the country, the Nigerian government says six states of Zamfara, Sokoto, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa and Gombe Northern Nigeria, will benefit from its Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) project.
The Project Coordinator, Mr Peter Manjuk, stated this during a familiarization tour of officials of the Nigerian Ministry of Resources to Bakolori Irrigation Scheme in Zamfara in North-west, Nigeria.
He said the project was aimed at rehabilitating existing dams to make them meet irrigation and hydropower needs of the country.
According to him, Nigeria must get it right, if it must meet the demands of food production and food security.
Mr. explained that despite of huge investments on dams and irrigation, it had not achieved any meaningful socio-economic impact, saying that there was need for deliberate efforts to meet this target.
He stressed the need for farmers to take ownership of all irrigation projects to enable them boost food production at its optimum level.
The project coordinator said the World Bank sponsored project has begun rehabilitation of the Bakolori irrigation scheme, and would be completed within three years.
On his part the Project Manager, Bakolori Irrigation Scheme, Alhaji Lawal Maidoki, said since the creation of the in 1983 , the dam had been providing domestic water supply to Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.
Maidoki called on investors to key in to the rehabilitation of the dam in order to improve food production, flood control and power generation.
Also the Assistant Director, Hydropower, in the Nigerian Ministry of Power, Mr Abubakar Aliyu said the ministry was partnering with its Water Resources counterpart to increase power generation in the country
Mr. Aliyu also noted that eight hydropower dams have been earmarked for power generation in the country.