The federal government said on Sunday that work to expand and rehabilitate the multi-million Naira Hadejia Valley Irrigation Project in Jigawa would resume by April.
Water Resources Minister Suleiman Adamu revealed, speaking to reporters in Dutse, that the World Bank will be handling the project along with others.
Adamu said the valley would be enlarged by an additional 3,000 hectares while the extension of the Kadawa dam in Kano state would be increased to 5,000.
According to him, all the necessary arrangements have been made for work to resume in the area in April.
The minister revealed that the bank had earmarked $ 495 million for the expansion and rehabilitation of dams in the north of the country.
âWe talked about 7,000 to 12,000 hectares in the Hadejia Valley Irrigation Project, but following my visit to the valley in December of last year, we found that we still have potential. of 25,000 hectares. “
“After the completion of these expansion works which will be financed by the World Bank, the ministry will find the possibility of exploiting the 25,000 additional hectares of the Hadejia valley.”
Mr Adamu also revealed that the current administration had inherited 44 ongoing dam projects across the country from previous governments and would ensure their completion before embarking on new ones.
He said that in the current government’s roadmap, irrigated land would increase from the current 137,000 hectares to 500,000 hectares by 2030.
The minister noted that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was determined and committed to maintaining the dams to ensure irrigation and hydropower projects.
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