|Tambuwal speaking at the Dam site.
The World Bank and Sokoto government are committing the sum of N9 billion for the rehabilitation of Lugu Dam and resuscitation of the famed Wurno Irrigation scheme in Wurno LGA of the state.
Of the sum, Sokoto is committing N1.33 billion while the World Bank and other partners will provide the balance.
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal said this when he led government officials on an inspection visit to the area.
According to him, the importance of the dam to socio-economic development of the area cannot be over-emphasised, adding that the project would be completed so as to provide job opportunity for the people, and enhance food security.
Mr Tambuwal commended the residents of Lugu and surrounding areas for their dedication to farming, saying the state government gets a large chunk of revenue from cash crops cultivated in the axis.
He said the government is encouraged by the success of crops like wheat and sesame in surrounding areas like Illela, and is introducing similar crops to Wurno.
In his remarks, the state commissioner for environment, Bello Sifawa, said government will ensure the completion of the project within a reasonable time frame.
Mr Sifawa assured that the project would meet global standards upon completion.