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Zamfara govt partners Nigerian water resources ministry on irrigation

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Zamfara State Government has partnered with the Ministry for Water Resources and Rural Development for the development of irrigation, water supply and sanitation in the state.

In a statement on Monday, a Special Adviser to the governor, Zailani Bappa, disclosed that the partnership was consummated on Monday when Governor Bello Matawalle paid an official visit to the Minister for Water Resources, Sulaiman Adamu at his office in Abuja.

Governor Matawalle intimated the minister on the efforts his administration was doing to address the irrigation and water supply challenges in the state.

The governor disclosed that his administration was building four earth dams in the state, especially to domesticate herders and repentant bandits in form of Rugga system.

“My administration is building the Rugga system to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in addressing the age-long farmer/herder clashes across the country,” Governor Matawalle stressed.

Mr Matawalle also expressed his resolve to address sanitation challenges across the state, stressing the issue of open defecation which the state, which according to him, the Federal Government is now a signatory to its elimination in Nigeria.

To this ever, the governor said he had ordered for the construction of toilets in all schools across the state, stressing the need to embark on behavioral change amongst the population.

Responding, the minister promised to assist Mr Matawalle’s administration, saying that his ministry was open to partnership with state governments that are willing to complete projects with counterpart funding.

Mr Adamu disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is planning to develop six mini-hydropower stations, adding that one of which would likely be sited at Bakalori Dam.

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