Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has unveiled plans for seven pilot irrigation schemes across strategic communities.
Aligned with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s “Renewed Hope” agenda, these schemes aim to enhance agricultural productivity and improve livelihoods in the state.
The identified pilot communities for these irrigation schemes include Gajibo in Dikwa, Jafi in Kwaya Kusar, Baga in Kukawa, Logumani in Ngala, Damasak in Mobbar, Dadin Kowa in Bayo, and Mafa Local Government Areas.
Governor Zulum emphasized that the Mafa irrigation scheme has already commenced, targeting the engagement of at least 10% of communities, particularly in dry-season farming.
Speaking on the initiative, Zulum highlighted the focus on cultivating crops such as wheat and other valuable produce.
The governor’s vision is aligned with President Tinubu’s agenda, aiming not only to meet the immediate agricultural needs but also to uplift the overall well-being of community members.
During a visit to Mafa, Governor Zulum inspected various facilities, including fully solar-powered deep aquifer boreholes and a substantial earth dam with a capacity of 2.4 million litres. These initiatives, according to him, are poised to significantly impact water accessibility in the region.
Addressing the longstanding issue of water scarcity in Mafa, Zulum assessed the Mafa water works, which boast a combined 400,000-litre capacity in surface and overhead tanks.
In a bid to ensure easy access for residents, the governor ordered the reticulation of the water supply, thereby eliminating the need for residents to travel long distances to fetch water.
This dual effort in agriculture and water infrastructure, he said, reflects Borno State’s commitment to sustainable development and addressing fundamental needs for its citizens.