Irrigation: Zulum Ferries to 28 Communities along Lake Alau

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… Assesses 750 Housing Units for Resettlement in Kawuri

MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, on Sunday ferried across Lake Alau to visit 28 communities displaced by Boko Haram insurgents.

The Governor was ferried by a combat boat provided by the Nigerian military which has Naval, Army and Air force components involved in fighting boko haram in the state.

Zulum’s trip to the agrarian communities was to explore the possibilities of restoring irrigation activities to create sources of livelihoods for the settlers.

”We are purposely here to look into ways we can bring back irrigation activities along the shores of Lake Alau. As we know, 28 communities were displaced and we will look into the possibility of resettling our brothers and sisters.

“The military is very committed, we will liaise with them to ensure sustained security of lives and property,” he said during the visit.

The Governor also inspected the Water Pumping Station at Alau to inspect maintenance works and equipment.

It would be recalled that in June 2019, Zulum had ordered for a complete overhaul of maintenance works at the station and the treatment plant.

Similarly, Zulum was in Kawuri town in Konduga Local Government Area where he assessed an ongoing construction of 750 housing units for resettlement of displaced residents of the community, where he promised last year would be completed mid 2020.

Earlier, he was at the Maiduguri Water Treatment Plant to see the turn around maintenance carried out by the state Ministry of Water Resources; and was delighted by the quality of work undertaken by the management and staff of the ministry.

“I am happy with what I have seen here, you have done a very good job. Sustainable, portable water remains critical to our administration, we must do everything for our people to continually supply clean water to citizens. However, this can only happen when we keep working day and night with all sense of commitment,” he said.

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