Sokoto State Government has earmarked over N20 billion for the implementation of various agricultural and environmental projects across the 23 Local Government Areas of the state. Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, disclosed this yesterday during the inauguration of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), which took place at the Sokoto Polytechnic Conference Hall. Tambuwal listed the projects to include the rehabilitation and construction of irrigation facilities, earth dams, as well as the provision of water for irrigation and livestock.
He also noted that the state government had since disbursed N1.3 billion as its counterpart contribution to the NEWMAP project, even as the governor stated that the World Bank had since released N5.5 billion as its contribution to the project.
The governor noted that the Lugu Dam, which was devastated by flood in 2012, would be rehabilitated by the project, as well as the Wurno Irrigation Scheme. “The collapse of the dam in 2012 resulted in the destruction of 1,200 hectares of irrigable land, while over 3,000 farmers lost their means of livelihood,” he added.