Abuja - Nigeria has expressed willingness to partner with construction companies from Turkey to construct more dams and develop irrigation facilities in the country.
Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe made this known when she received delegation from Turkey.
Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, Mustapha Pulad, led the delegation.
“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 3 million hectares of land. So, we are willing, if you are ready to partner with us, 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.”
The minister acknowledged Turkey's advancement in the area of irrigation development and water infrastructure.
"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."
Pulad said the essence of their visit was to explore possibility of partnering with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in the construction activities in the water sector.
He said various reputable construction companies in Turkey wanted to establish their companies in Nigeria.
He solicited for cooperation on the economy, education and health.
"The presence of Turkish schools in Nigeria, Turkish University and Hospital in Abuja are symbols of our good relationship and cooperation," he said.
- CAJ News