FG To Partner Borno State Govt On Food Security, WASH Programmes


By Sunday Etuka, Abuja

In alignment with the Food Security Agenda of President Bola Tinubu, the Federal Government has expressed readiness to partner with the Borno State Government in food production to enhance food security in the country.

The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Terlumun Utsev, who disclosed the government’s readiness said, this could be achieved by
leveraging the irrigation and River Basin potentials in the state.

The Director, Information and Public Relations of the Ministry, Mrs. Funmi Imuetinyan in a statement on Monday said, the Minister made these remarks when the Executive Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum paid a courtesy visit to his office in Abuja.

Prof. Utsev highlighted the importance of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) programmes of the Ministry, and revealed the efforts of Federal Government and Development Partners in the areas of SURWASH, and PEWASH and other programmes such as Dams and Irigation projects to accelerate their timely implementation at the grassroots levels.

He further stated that the Ministry is finalizing arrangements to visit all 36 States to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the Water and Sanitation situation seeking areas of intervention and possible collaborations.

He noted that he had written to the State Governors, urging them to collaborate in the Open Defecation Free Nigeria Campaign, in order to ensure the provision of more decent toilet facilities and other sanitation services across the country to foster a healthier nation.

He emphasized the Federal Government’s readiness to support states in addressing their water and sanitation needs and assured Governor Zulum that his ministry was fully prepared to assist Borno State in enhancing agriculture through irrigation systems and water schemes.

The Minister expressed appreciation for the Governor’s visit and emphasized the significance of implementing Federal Government intervention programmes in the state. He urged State Governments to actively participate in these life-changing programs for the collective benefit of all Nigerians.

Earlier in his remarks, Governor Babagana Zulum highlighted that the visit aimed to seek collaboration with the Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation to harness the rich agricultural potential of the state and revive its irrigation potentials. He appealed to the Federal Government to take advantage of the vast arable lands in Borno State and fast-track the partnership for irrigation purposes.

Additionally, he urged the Ministry to look into ongoing research to recharge the shrinking lake Chad through internal water bodies to promote the food security agenda of Mr. President. Governor Zulum assured the Minister of a good and productive working relationship aimed at improving food production and the lives of the citizens.

Also present at the meeting were the Hon. Minister of State, Rt. Hon. Bello Muhammad Goronyo, Esq., the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Shehu Aliyu Shinkafi, the Borno State Commissioner for Information and Internal Security, Prof. Usman Tar, and some Directors of the Ministry.

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