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FG completes 9 irrigation projects to boost water resources development

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FG completes 9 irrigation projects to boost water resources development

The Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, on Friday, said nine Irrigation projects were completed between 2016 and 2022 to boost water resources and irrigation development in the country.

Adamu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja that the feat was part of the ministry’s water resources and irrigation development roadmap on his assumption of office in 2015.

He said the National Irrigation Programme 2016- 2030, being implemented, was aimed at reducing dependency on rain-fed agriculture, boost agriculture production and support the nation’s quest for food security.

“Nine irrigation projects were completed between 2016 and 2022, they are; Sabke, Shagari, Sepeteri, and Ejule-Ojebe Irrigation Projects.

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“Others are the Mamu Akwa Drainage and Land Reclamation, Promotion of Gender/Women participation in irrigated agriculture, Centre Pivot System Irrigation, Obinda Drainage Project, Supply and Installation of Tubewells and Water pumps, Phase one.’’

Adamu said the ministry had also completed and concessioned three hydropower projects to boost energy sufficiency in hydropower generation in the country.

They are the 30 MW Gurara Hydropower Project, in Kaduna state, the 40 MW Kashimbila Hydropower Project in Taraba and the 40 MW Dadin-Kowa Hydropower Project in Gombe state.

The minister said upon assumption of office, his resolve was to effectively develop the Water Sector through the development of Blueprint and Action Plan to strengthen the River Basin Development Authorities.

This decision, he said, had seen the creation of 78,298 both direct and indirect jobs for youths across the 12 River Basin Development Authorities.

He said eight priority dam projects were ongoing, saying improved management and operations had resulted in an increase of 1.8 Billion cubic meters of impounded water across various dams and reservoirs.

“This is bringing the total volume of impounded water to 30.1 billion cubic metres, we have eight ongoing priority dam projects.

“They are: Mangu Dam, Ingawa/Dallaje Dam, Ile-Ife Dam, Ogbesse Dam, Kontagora Dam, Irawo Dam, Nkari Dam, and Jare Dam, many of them are between 40 and 80 per cent completed.’’

According to him, 18 Songhai Integrated Farms have been fully established, while three are under construction to boost agricultural production and achieve integrated rural development.

The minister said 6,761 water schemes were developed across urban, small town and rural areas of the country, thereby producing 794,334,000 litres/day and serving 32,008,600 Nigerians.

He said that out of the 36 inherited abandoned water supply projects from previous governments, 30 had been completed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. 

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N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

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N70,000 Wage Not Solution to Economic Issues

By Halima Abdulkadiri

Chairman of the Labour Party (LP) in Oyo State, Sadiq Atayese, has stated that the newly-approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers is not the solution to the country’s economic challenges.

Atayese made this assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Ibadan.

He emphasized that sustainable solutions to the cost of living require positive economic policies from the government. Atayese highlighted the exchange rate as a key factor influencing fuel costs and subsidies.

He stressed that the government must prioritize fighting corruption and implementing policies beyond just increasing the minimum wage. According to Atayese, corruption in high places accounts for over 90 percent of corruption cases in Nigeria.

“Will this new minimum wage actually assuage the daily rising costs of foods and services? Can it bring a stable solution to the nation’s economic challenges? The answer is No,” he said.

Atayese also urged the government to focus on agricultural development and address issues such as security and funding for effective farming. He believes that addressing these critical issues would have more significant benefits than even a minimum wage of N150,000.

“Labour Party will continue to stand for the wellbeing of the people and development of the society,” he said.

The Federal Government and labor unions recently agreed on N70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers. Initially, the government proposed N60,000, which was raised to N62,000, while labor demanded N494,000 before revising it to N250,000. Labor leaders agreed to the N70,000 offer due to additional incentives attached.

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By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Nigerian Army (NA) has reiterated that the ban on the unauthorized use of military camouflage remains in full effect.

The Director of Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, emphasized this in a statement on Sunday while addressing a video showing a soldier harassing a civilian for wearing an Army Desert Camouflage uniform.

Nwachukwu clarified that the footage is an old video being circulated by individuals with malicious intent to create tension between the military and civilians.

He stated that only personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Nigeria Police Force are legally permitted to wear military camouflage.

Nwachukwu explained that the regulation is necessary because terrorists, insurgents, and impostors have exploited the misuse of military camouflage to commit crimes, posing a significant security threat.

“The Nigerian Army remains committed to upholding the law and ensuring the safety and security of all citizens.

“We urge the public to disregard the re-circulated video and remain vigilant against attempts to sow discord and tension within the country.

“The incident in question occurred in 2021, and the army took immediate and decisive action at that time.

“The soldier involved was arrested, tried, and appropriately punished for his unacceptable behavior, which violated the core values of the Nigerian Army, particularly the respect for others and their fundamental rights,” he said.

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Hisbah Destroys N60m Alcohol, Drugs in Katsina

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Hisbah Destroys N60m Alcohol, Drugs in Katsina

By Halima Abdulkadiri

The Katsina State Hisbah Board has destroyed alcohol and other illicit drugs worth N60 million in Funtua Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Dr. Aminu Usman, the Hisbah Commander in the state, disclosed this to newsmen on Sunday.

According to Usman, no fewer than 1,750 crates of alcohol and about 33 jerry cans of locally-brewed beer were recently seized and destroyed in Funtua.

Usman explained that this effort is part of their mandate to ensure good morals among the people in the state.

He commended the board’s officials for their dedication and urged them to redouble their commitment.

He also sought the support of religious leaders, emphasizing that Hisbah does not belong to any particular group or sect. Usman praised Gov. Dikko Radda for his full support in helping the board discharge its responsibilities.

Usman appealed to the public for genuine information on places where immoral behaviors are committed. He called on parents, teachers, and community leaders to intensify efforts in instilling discipline and good morals among youths in their communities.

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