The federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing over dependence on rainfed agriculture by boosting irrigation farming.
The minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, stated this at a media water sector workshop organised by the press and public relations department of the ministry.
Adamu listed measures through which the federal government hope to realise the noble gesture to include renovation of dilapidated dams and construction of new ones so as to boost all-year round farming.
He said “the federal government is presently embarking on extensive and all-year round irrigated agriculture towards attaining governments aspiration for food security and facilitating alternative sources of wealth creation”
Adamu said the ministry’s achievements included the support towards ensuring significant reduction in total dependency on rain-fed agriculture and to improve on the national access to potable water supply.
The minister disclosed that the current administration was working hard to achieve 100% access to potable water supply by the year 2030 in the country.
While listing the successes recorded in the water sector, Adamu said: “juncture, permit me to highlight some of these achievements: Federal ministry of water resources is supporting the nation towards ensuring significant reduction in total dependency on rain-fed agriculture.
He lauded the support of the media noting that the cooperation and support rendered by the media had contributed immensely to achieving the ministry’s set target.
“The media have played significant roles in adequately publicising the programmes, policies, activities and successes of the federal ministry of water resources and her agencies”.
Our correspondent reports that the theme of the workshop was Effective Media Reporting: Towards Sustained Audience Enlightenment of Successes Recorded in the Water Sector”.
Source: Leadership Newspaper Nigeria