Lamido con­demns FG over of Auyo ir­ri­ga­tion scheme

….ap­proves N784.9 mil­lion for fer­tiliser pro­cure­ment

Daily Trust - - AGRICULTURE - From Ab­dul­lahi Anako,Dutse

Ji­gawa State Gover­nor Sule Lamido has con­demned the per­sis­tent ne­glect of the Auyo Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments at the cen­tre.

Lamido made the state­ment when the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Bank of Agri­cul­ture (BOA), Al­haji Muham­mad San­tu­raki, vis­ited him at the Govern­ment House, Dutse, re­cently.

He said: “Since 1980 the Auyo Ir­ri­ga­tion Scheme is still in phase 1. The ir­ri­ga­tion scheme is yet to fully take off, 30 years af­ter. The Federal Govern­ment, un­der Pres­i­dent Jonathan, promised us N10 bil­lion to com­plete the scheme. Up till now, noth­ing has been done.”

“Jonathan and Vice Pres­i­dent Na­madi Sambo came to Ji­gawa, went to the Auyo and promised to do some­thing. Noth­ing has been done. The Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture also came and made prom­ises. We are still wait­ing for them.

“This is a scheme that has the ca­pac­ity to feed the whole na­tion but govern­ment is not do­ing any­thing about it. About 85 per­cent of the people of the state are farm­ers. If schemes like this are com­pleted, it will go a long way in ad­dress­ing the needs of the people.”

Ear­lier, San­tu­raki said the Bank of Agri­cul­ture has N1 bil­lion fa­cil­ity to boost agri­cul­ture in the state, call­ing on the state to pay its coun­ter­part fund.

Mean­while, Ji­gawa State Govern­ment has ap­proved the sum of N784.9 mil­lion for the pur­chase of 6,000 met­ric tonnes of fer­tiliser for the 2014 farm­ing sea­son.

This was dis­closed to jour­nal­ists by the Ji­gawa State Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion, Youth, Sport and Cul­ture, Al­haji Ibrahim Ba­bandi Gumel, at the end of the state ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing.

He said 3,000 met­ric ton of NPK and 3,000 met­ric tonnes of Urea would be among other types of fer­tiliser.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.