The World Bank and Sokoto government are committing the sum of N9 billion for the rehabilitation of Lugu Dam and resuscitation of the famed Wurno Irrigation scheme in Wurno LGA of the state.

Of the sum, Sokoto is committing N1.33 billion while the World Bank and other partners will provide the balance.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said this when he led government officials on an inspection visit to the area.

“As you can see, the people here who are mostly farmers have been adversely affected by the collapse of the dam as a result of serious flooding some few years back. We are working with the World Bank under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) to fix the collapsed potion of the dam at Gidan Modi Lugu and in general revive the Wurno irrigation scheme.

“The renovation work comprises construction of spill ways, rehabilitation of reservoirs and river bank embankment, construction of additional canals and desilting of existing ones as well as construction of access roads,” the Governor said.

According to him, the importance of the dam to socio-economic development of the area cannot be over-emphasised, adding that the project would be completed so as to provide job opportunity for the people, and enhance food security.

Tambuwal commended the residents of Lugu and surrounding areas for their dedication to farming, saying the state government gets a large chunk of revenue from cash crops cultivated in the axis.

He said the government is encouraged by the success of crops like wheat and sesame in surrounding areas like Illela, and is introducing similar crops to Wurno.

“You have made a name for yourselves in the cultivation of onions and garlic. But due to its high economic value and demand, government will encourage you to introduce sesame and wheat. We have the farmlands to mix them with our traditional crops. We are giving necessary incentives to farmers to cultivate these crops in the state,” he added.

In his remarks, the state commissioner of environment, Bello Sifawa, said government will ensure the completion of the project within a reasonable time frame.

He assured that the project would meet global standards upon completion.