FG to hands off irrigation facilities, implement TSA in management
Stakeholders have commended the Federal Government’s decision to hands-off operation and maintenance of irrigation schemes in the country.
Subsequently, the Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) Project will be implemented in strict compliance with the direction of the Accountant-General of the Federation in the operations of the Single Treasury Account (TSA) system now domiciled at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Rising from a four-day consultative meeting on TRIMING-WUA/RBDA O&M TSA Implementation Strategy held in Sokoto, the stakeholders lauded the government position to commence the implementation of the TSA for TRIMING Project schemes at Bakolori, Middle Rima, Kano River, Hadejia Valley, and Dadin Kowa Irrigation schemes, all situated in the North West.
The meeting declared open by the Minister for Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, discussed modalities for a new regime of irrigation service fee collection and administration to ensure strict compliance with the direction of the Accountant-General of the Federation in the operations of the TRIMING-WU A/RBDA O&M TSA system.
The Ministry’s acting Director, Irrigation and Drainage, Mrs Oyeronke Oluniyi, who presented Adamu’s goodwill message, noted that the outcome of the training would keep the cost of operation and maintenance at the lowest level and more resources would be utilised for other developmental purposes.
An irrigation expert, Muhammad Lawal Maidoki, maintained that “farmers have been re-organised into strong water users’ association, and have been trained and strengthened to such a level they now manage secondary canals and drain tertiary canals, field ditches, and water control gates.
“Through consultation with farmers, TRIMING has been able to repair dilapidated irrigation schemes and handed over back to farmers with satisfactory performance in irrigation water delivery.”
Rabiu Abubakar Babura highlighted equitable water distribution regardless of the location, type, or size of farm, less water theft, quick dispute resolution at the local level, more reliable water supply from well-monitored canals, as part of the benefits to farmers who join WUA.