A total number of 157 Households/Individual Farmers and Fishermen in 11 communities across 4 Local government areas benefited from the Presidential Initiative for the North East ( PINE) Intervention in the removal of Typha grass along Kumadugu River Channel and 115 simplified village irrigation scheme in Yobe State. This was disclosed by the Secretary to Federal Government (SGF), Babachir David Lawal at the commissioning ceremony held recently at Nguru, Yobe Sate.
The Special Assistant to Mr. President on Political Matters who also represented the Secretary to Federal Government (SGF) at the occasion, RT. Hon. Gideon Sammani assured the communities and the entire people of the North East of Governments commitment to the economic revitalization of the North East that have been ravaged by insurgency. He further said that the devastating effect of Typha grass along Kumadugu water channel has deprived a quantum number of people in the communities from fishing and dry season farming.
While stressing the mandate of PINE as to invigorate the economy of the North East by mobilizing target resources to provide assistance to communities ravaged by insurgency, Secretary to Federal Government (SGF), Babachir David Lawal said about 11 communities in the 4 local government areas i.e Bade, Jakusko, Karasuwa and Nguru benefited from the project i.e removal of Typha grass and establishment of simplified irrigation scheme which consist of 115 irrigation tube wells and pumping machines, 14 units 5.0-p aquatic marine engines, 14 units of big size locally made canoes, and 28 units small size locally made canoes. He encouraged the beneficiaries to reciprocate the Federal Government gesture by being law abiding and making good use of the facilities and machines given to them.
The Secretary of PINE, Mr. Umar Gulani informed the people of the current government’s efforts through PINE under the supervision of Secretary to Federal Government (SGF) to include: Rehabilitation and renovation of schools, Police Stations; Upgrading of Health Facilities and provision of Food and non – food items to IDP camps and Communities in the North East to alleviate the sufferings and revamp the economy of the region.
The Emir of Nguru, Mai Yerima Mustapha Ibin Galadima Maikyari in his response at an earlier courtesy call by Secretary to Federal Government (SGF)’s representative and PINE officials, noted that the Buhari’s administration was indeed for the masses and that the decision to intervene in the removal of Typha grass and establishment of simplified irrigation scheme was a purposeful venture aimed at empowering the people of his community and indeed Yobe State. He pleaded for such intervention in other areas with the devastating effect of Typha grass which hinders fishing and farming activates within Nguru LGA, and pledged his support and that of his people to the present administration.
The beneficiaries, farmers and fishermen were full of gratitude and promised judicious use of all machines and maintenance of facilities provided.