The Federal Ministry of Water Resources has budgeted the sum of N8.56 billion for the construction, completion and rehabilitation of irrigation projects across the country in 2017.
The Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu, had assured on completion of about 25% of all viable abandoned water projects. It was learnt that N51.2 billion has been set aside for capital projects in the sector nationwide.
A breakdown of the budget reveals that N1.38bn was earmarked for the Gari irrigation project; Tada-Shonga irrigation project, N922m while settlement of liabilities on irrigation and drainage projects has N741m.
Similarly, the Bagwai (Watari Dam) irrigation project was allocated N691.5m, while rehabilitation of Adani irrigation project is to get N617.7m.
The budget further revealed that Chouchi irrigation project was assigned N553m; rehabilitation of Lower Anambra irrigation project N475m; Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) N467m; while construction of Zobe irrigation project is to gulp N461m.
A total of N415m was set aside for the construction of Hadejia valley irrigation project while N323m was allocated for nationwide supply and installation of pressurized/ centre pivot irrigation systems.
The construction of middle Ogun irrigation project is to gulp N230.5m while construction of Sabke irrigation project is to get N197.4m.
The construction of middle Rima valley irrigation and Barkin-Ladi irrigation project are to get N184.4m each while construction of Shagari irrigation project is to gulp N120m.
The Kampe irrigation project, lower Ogun irrigation project, Azare-Jere pipeline irrigation project and nationwide infrastructure audit including inventory of irrigation projects and MIS are to gulp N92.2m each.
Ivo River irrigation system is to gulp N78m, Duku-Lade irrigation project was earmarked N60 million, while construction of Ejule-Ojebe irrigation project and construction of Sepeteri irrigation project are to gulp about N30m each.
Similarly, N23m was allocated for the nationwide performance assessment of irrigation and drainage projects while N922, 000 each was allocated to the Dadin Kowa irrigation project, Guyuk irrigation project, expansion of Kano River irrigation project and Bakalori irrigation project.