Flooding: Sokoto Govt tasks ABU, UDUS with key roles to help curb menace

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The Sokoto state government wants Danfodio University, Sokoto, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to play key consultancy roles that will help in curbing the perennial flooding that has ravaged many parts of the state.

This comes as the state governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on Thursday inaugurated a high-powered committee to come up with a viable strategy to execute a robust dry season farming scheme which is expected to cushion the effects of the perennial flooding in the state.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,
Governor of Sokoto State
Aminu Waziri Tambuwal,
Governor of Sokoto State

A statement signed by the special adviser on media and publicity, Muhammed Bello, disclosed that the committee is headed by Dr. Jabbi Kilgori, the District Head of Kilgori in Yabo local government area of the state, the committee has three weeks to submit its report.

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Other members of the committee according to Bello are the state Commissioners of Agriculture, Environment, Animal Health, and Water Resources.

Equally, the General Manager of Sokoto Agricultural Development Program (SADP), the Executive Chairman and Director-General of the state Commodity Board as well as the Provost of the state’s College of Agriculture, Wurno, will serve as members.


Others are representatives of the state ministry of agriculture, the FADAMA III project, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In addition, university dons, heads of relevant departments in tertiary institutions across the state, the civil service, and other professionals will serve on the committee.

Meanwhile, both Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria are expected to play consultancy roles to fast track the work of the committee.

The committee is detailed to come up with a framework, requirements, and designs to mitigate the effect of the flooding being witnessed in the state through dry season farming.

In case the committee finds that there is a need for additional funding beyond the capacity of the state, the governor directed that it should engage a wide kaleidoscope of stakeholders and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the modalities of packaging harvested produce during the farming period and marketing same.

Assuring, nonetheless, that the state has ample endowment to pilot the scheme, Gov. Tambuwal charged the committee to hit the ground running in order to enable the state government to send a supplementary budget on the matter to the Sokoto State House of Assembly (SOHA).

Responding to the Governor, the Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Kilgori appreciated his appointment and that of other members, assuring the state government of the cooperation of the committee.

He pledged that all relevant stakeholders will be contacted and those required will be incorporated, with a view to coming up with a comprehensive blueprint for the dry season farming scheme envisaged by the government to lessen the suffering of farmers who lost a lot to the flood.

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