By Bode Olushegun
Borno Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum is considering a plan to commence irrigation farming in 28 communities along Lake Alau, displaced by Boko Haram at the peak of insurgency in the state.
The governor who had a ferry ride on Sunday to riverine communities across the Lake Alau in a combat boat provided by the military counter-insurgency operation in the North East (Operation Lafiya Dole), which has components of Army, Air Force, Navy, paramilitary and security operatives, said the trip to the agrarian communities was to explore how irrigation activities can be restored in other to create livelihood for the people of the area.
He said during his visit: ”We are here purposely to look into ways we can bring back irrigation activities along the shores of this 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.”
Before he was ferried across the Lake, the Governor was at the water pumping station at Alau to inspect maintenance works and equipment, and had visited Maiduguri water treatment plant to see turn around maintenance carried out by the Borno state ministry of water resources.
Zulum who expressed delight at the quality of work undertaken by the management and staff of the ministry of water resources, said:
“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 and with all sense of commitment.”
The governor had directed maintenance works in the pumping station and the water treatment plant last year during an assessment visit where he ordered complete overhaul of the plant.
Zulum was on Sunday in Kawuri town of Konduga Local Government Area of the state where he assessed ongoing construction of 750 houses towards the resettlement of displaced residents of the village.
The Governor had last year, promised the completion of the houses by mid this year.