Saturday, August 20, 2016

FG set to build 370 dams across the country

The federal government is set to commence the construction of 10 dams per state across the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The minister of agriculture and rural development, Chief Audu Ogbeh stated this yesterday, August 19 in his goodwill message at the public presentation of the water sector road map in Abuja.
“The Ministry of Agriculture are in collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources to see that there is adequate water supply to go round for both those in the urban and rural areas. “The federal government has decided to build damps all over 36 states calling it the ‘project 10/37’ come next year, where 10 damps each would be built for every state including the FCT. “It is unfortunate that if there is another world war it’s cause would be either lack of food or lack of water,” Ogbeh told the gathering. Ogbeh emphasized on the present administration’s determination to diversify the country’s economy, with heavy focus on agriculture. His words: “Agriculture, our newest means of diversification, is in desperate need of water, due to the fact that our dependence on rainfall is no longer enough to sustain our farming activities. “Drawing our attention to the fact that every living thing and even the land on which we stand is in dare need of water supply for proper irrigation.” “We will be looking for a better tomorrow where in the absence of rain, our food crops will not suffer, but flourish. Poor food nutrition might be our fate if we non-chalantly ignore this new call.” Speaking further, the minister stated that the Nigerian constitution “permits every citizen the right to buy a plot or plots of land in any part of the world and at the very least try and plant a tree.”He called and on all Nigerians, governmental bodies, non-governmental bodies, to join hands to ensure that whenever they come across water they reserve and also join hand in the new era of agriculture for a better tomorrow.

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