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BORBA to Build Dam in Auchi Kingdom

dam in Auchi

The Benin Owena River Basin Authority (BORBA) plans to build a dam in Auchi, Edo State, to boost irrigation, Managing Director Dr. Saliu Ahmed said yesterday.

Ahmed, who spoke during a visit to the Otaru of Auchi, Aliru Momoh, promised to address scarcity of water.

He said the dam would encourage year-round farming in line with the Federal Government’s efforts of diversifying the economy through agriculture.

Ahmed added that it is also to ensure food security.

He said the authority was targeting 10,000 hectares for irrigation, adding that the farm mode will involve cropping, aquaculture, animal husbandry, agricultural processing and marketing.

The managing director pledged that the authority will intervene in water scarcity in Auchi by rehabilitating facilities within the municipal water infrastructure.

He said: “God willing, beginning from this year, the Benin Owena River Basin will intervene in water problem in Auchi.

“Potable water scarcity in this kingdom will be reduced through the expansion of head works and extension of reticulation lines,” Ahmed noted.

He said the authority’s mandate was to build dams and irrigation systems, provide potable water, manage surface and underground water and provide rural infrastructure.

“The medium term strategy of Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority is to increase arable land with irrigation facilities for an all year cropping, thus creating jobs for people who will directly and indirectly be involved in farming.”

The BORBA boss stressed that river basins should provide facilities to make people embrace agriculture.

The Otaru thanked the managing director and his team for the visit and promised the support of his subjects. [The Nation]

One Response to BORBA to Build Dam in Auchi Kingdom

  1. MENEWE JAHSWILL says:

    Good news and double congrats in advance

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