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Jibiya Dam to provide water to Niger

21 November 2013, 21:01

Abuja - The country is planning to supply Niger with water from Jibiya Dam in Katsina State to facilitate its irrigation projects.

The pledge follows a meeting between Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Reng Ochekpe, and a delegation led by the Minister of Agriculture in Niger Republic, Abdul Labo on Thursday.

"Nigeria would consider the release of water to Niger for irrigation purposes as requested by the Republic of Niger, but on their part, Niger should construct big reservoirs that would contain the volume of water released from Nigeria to avoid wastages" Ochekpe said.

The Minister said the fact that the two countries had long-running relations also influenced the move to provide water to Niger.

"A large population of Niger has relatives in Nigeria and Nigerian residents have relations in Niger as well. Therefore, the assistance is necessary to enable the two countries benefit from agricultural and economic activities".

The meeting was aimed at deepening the existing cooperation on water resource management between the two countries as well as finalising the modalities and necessary agreements that would facilitate equitable
utilisation of water for industrial purposes, irrigation, agriculture, energy and other uses as a result of high interdependency between the countries.

- CAJ News


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