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  • Updated: May 08, 2024

FG, Nasarawa state partner to promote irrigation, end to open defecation

FG, Nasarawa state partner to promote irrigation, end to ope

Open defecation

The Federal Government, FG, and Nasarawa State government have agreed to partner in the provision of portable water for citizens and promote irrigation farming to boost food production in the country, as well as work towards bringing an end to open defecation.

Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation Professor Joseph Utsev stated this today in Abuja when the Governor of Nasarawa State Engr Abdullahi Sule led some top government officials from the State on a courtesy call.

Utsev said the partnership would enable the Federal Government identify more areas with water needs for intervention.

The Minister informed the Governor that, a provision has been made in this year's budget for the completion of ongoing work on Doma dam saying the project when completed will scale up irrigation farming in the state and improve hydropower generation while work on other water schemes under Lower Benue River Basin Development Authority were ongoing simultaneously across the state.

He called on the Nasarawa State government, traditional and religious leaders to support the ongoing campaign against open defecation by constructing more decent toilets and sensitizing their people on the health implications of open defecation to enable the country to achieve open defecation-free target by next year.

The Minister said as a son of Benue which shares border and common bond with Nasarawa State, he was delighted to receive his brother.

Earlier, Nasarawa Governor Engr Sule said the visit was to congratulate his brother and Professional colleague Engr Professor Utsev on his well-deserved appointment as the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation and commend him for the wonderful work he is doing for the country.

According to Governor Sulleh, the two dams when completed have the capacity to generate hydropower that can be used for the people of both Nasarawa and the FCT and boost irrigation farming in the area given fertile land his state is endowed with.



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