‘Tiga dam irrigation channels ready by June’
Kano State Government has explained that the Tiga Dam irrigation channels, which covered about five local government areas, would be ready for irrigation activities by June this year.
The Deputy Governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, who doubled as commissioner for agriculture, said farmers have access to the facility as the dam is expected to be ready by the middle of this year.
Gawuna made the declaration during a media parley on activities carried out by the ministry in one year.
“We have to shut down the Tiga Dam to enable repairs to be carried out. Although, the shutdown of the dam was not done by Kano State government, but Hadeja Jamaare River Basin. The contract was under them to carry out works on the dam.
“For all these years, we have been delaying the execution of the contract of renovation, restructuring and extension of the irrigation facility by a company called ‘Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING).’
“We have to allow them to shut down the water because they cannot carry out work on the dam with the water. It will lead to flooding, not only the farms but peoples’ houses,” he said.
The deputy governor further said that the state government had reclaimed 150 hectares of land, which amounted to N378 million yearly lost to soil erosion under the Watari irrigation project.