Abuja - The Presidential Committee established to
address the socio-economic and educational challenges following the insurgency
in the North East has solicited for the intervention and partnerships with the
Federal Ministry of Water Resources.
The committee has met Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Reng Ochekpe, in her
office in Abuja.
Chairman of the committee, Prof. Soji Adelaja, said that the purpose of their
visit was to partner with the ministry to identify some projects in the water
sector within the North-East Geo political zone and jointly work on them with
the view of improving the economic and social status of the region.
The minister meanwhile said her administration had lots of projects in the
North East that if fully developed and put to use would turn round the fortune
of the entire zone.
She mentioned such projects as the South Chad Irrigation Project in Borno,
several water supply schemes in Yobe , the Dakin Kowa Dam and irrigation
projects in Gombe State as well as the Chouchi irrigation project and Jada Dam
in Adamawa State.
There are also a number of irrigation projects in Taraba State, one of which is
being used by dominion farms.
The ministry is presently constructing Kashimbila Multipurpose Dam.
Ochekpe said if all the projects are completed and put to use there would be no
unemployment in the region.
“We believe that if all these projects are completed and put to use there would
be no issue of unemployment in the region and we also believe that the health
challenges associated with waterborne diseases would be properly addressed,”
Ochekpe said some of the dams would provide electricity for industrial
development, adding that her ministry was willing to partner with the committee
to complete and put the projects to use.
“The projects are at various levels of completion, some of the projects have
not been properly funded over the years and that is why we are willing to
partner with you to complete and put the projects to use, she told the visiting
- CAJ News
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