Dredging of Niger, Benue rivers to start again – Water Resources minister
Posted on October 11, 2023
Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Professor Joseph Utsev, has said that the Federal Government is planning to restart the dredging of two Nigeria’s major rivers – Niger and Benue.
Utsev disclosed that his ministry had inaugurated some committees to work on the modalities for the dredging of the two rivers.
The minister said this in Ilorin, Kwara State, on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the graduate youth empowerment scheme and distribution of items organised by the Lower Niger River Basin Authority.
“Dredging of Rivers Niger and Benue is what we are working on. We have actually put some committees in place,” Utsev said.
“The committees will do the assessment on the feasibility of the dredging. After that, we will discuss with President Bola Tinubu. At that point in time, we will make it open to all Nigerians to know where we are on the dredging of the two rivers.”
The minister added that his ministry was working tirelessly to ensure provision of portable water for drinking, sanitation and irrigation for Nigerians.
He said, “Water for irrigation will be used to provide food for the enhancement of food security and ultimately generate income and empowerment as you can see some youths being empowered today.
“Water is not only important, it is very necessary in the existence of living organisms. Without water there will be no life.
“President Tinubu in his renewed hope agenda promises Nigerians to work on food security, revive Nigeria’s economy and by reviving the economy– which food security is very key– in addition to healthcare and security.
“We at the ministry are working assiduously to see how we can provide potable water for drinking, sanitation and irrigation.”
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