Nigeria part­ners Turkey on Dam con­struc­tion

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - A fam­ily af­fected by the 2012 flood in Imo State By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Federal Govern­ment has ex­pressed its will­ing­ness to part­ner with con­struc­tion com­pa­nies from Turkey to con­struct more dams and de­velop ir­ri­ga­tion fa­cil­i­ties in Nigeria.

The Min­is­ter of Wa­ter Re­sources Mrs. Sarah Reng Ochekpe made this known when she re­ceived a del­e­ga­tion from Turkey, led by the Turk­ish Am­bas­sador to Nigeria, Hon. Mustapha Pu­lad.

Ochekpe said: “Let me say that we have more than 200 dams and in the area of ir­ri­ga­tion we have been able to de­velop over 150,000 hectares of land, we still have more that are yet to be de­vel­oped be­cause the po­ten­tials we have for ir­ri­ga­tion is over 3mil­lion hectares of land, so we are will­ing, if you are ready, to part­ner to ex­pand what we have been do­ing in terms of con­struc­tion of more dams, both for the pur­poses of wa­ter sup­ply, hy­dropower gen­er­a­tion and ir­ri­ga­tion to boost our agri­cul­ture.

“We com­mend your ad­vance­ment in the area of ir­ri­ga­tion de­vel­op­ment and wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture, we want to part­ner with you, and we want to learn from you. Nigeria is the largest coun­try in Africa, the po­ten­tial for busi­ness is enor­mous so we want to part­ner with people who are will­ing to as­sist us.”

Ear­lier, Pu­lad in­tro­duced the del­e­ga­tion mem­bers as rep­re­sen­ta­tives of var­i­ous rep­utable con­struc­tion com­pa­nies in Turkey who wanted es­tab­lish their com­pa­nies in Nigeria.

Their ar­eas of fo­cus, ac­cord­ing to the Am­bas­sador, in­cluded dam con­struc­tion, ir­ri­ga­tion, rail­way sta­tion, en­ergy among oth­ers.

He so­licited for co­op­er­a­tion not only on eco­nomic front, but also in ed­u­ca­tion and health, say­ing many Nige­ri­ans go to Turkey for stud­ies.

“The pres­ence of Turk­ish schools in Nigeria, Turk­ish Univer­sity and Hospi­tal in Abuja are sym­bols of our good re­la­tion­ship and co­op­er­a­tion,” he said.

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