24 September 2020 by Abdullahi jalaluddeen.
The Hadejia Jama’are River Basin Development Authority (HJRBDA), says it has de-silted 58 kilometres of its waterways to prevent flooding.
The Managing Director of the Agency, Dr Khalid Abdullahi, stated this during a media briefing in Kano.
He said the exercise was conducted on the irrigation canals of the waterways between Tiga Dam and Karfi Irrigation area, to clear weeds and blocked waterways to ease flow of water and prevent flooding.
He noted that the exercise was the biggest conducted in the last 25-years, aimed at controlling flooding in Bauchi, Kano and Jigawa states.
The managing Director maitained that the Authority was planning to procure de-silting equipment to enhance weeds clearing, which was part of the measures adopted to ensure easy passage of water in the river and canals and address perennial flooding.
Dr Khalid Abdullahi explained that the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Sabo Nanono had approved the purchase of de-silting equipment to clear the weeds and sand blocking the river.
The managing Director faulted claims in some quarters that release of excess water from dams by the agency caused the recent flooding in Kano and Jigawa.
He said the flood was recorded in areas alien to the disaster, and attributed it to the blockage of waterways by residents who dumped refuse on water canals.
Dr Khalid Abdullahi urged the Nigerians to desist from dumping refuse on water canals and waterways aimed at addressing flooding in the Country.