Taofeek Lawal – 9News Nigeria
Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has inaugurated a high-powered committee to come up with a viable strategy to make the scheme workable against the backdrop of the perennial flooding that ravaged many parts of the state. Tambuwal inaugurated the committee based on the promised he made that a robust dry season farming scheme would be executed to cushion the effects.
The committee which is headed by Dr Jabbi Kilgori, the District Head of Kilgori in Yabo local government area of the state, the committee has three weeks to submit its report. Other members of the committee are the state Commissioners of Agriculture, Environment, Animal Health and Water Resources.The General Manager of Sokoto Agricultural Development Program (SADP), the Executive Chairman and Director-General of the state Commodity Board as well as the Provost of the state’s College of Agriculture, Wurno, will also serve as members.
Others are representatives of the state ministry of agriculture, the FADAMA III project, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). In addition, university lecturers, heads of relevant departments in tertiary institutions across the state, the civil service and other professionals will serve on the committee. Usman DanFodio University, Sokoto and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria are expected to play consultancy roles to fast track the work of the committee.
According to a release made available to 9news by Muhammad Bello, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, the committee is detailed to come up with a framework, requirements and designs to mitigate the effect of the flooding being witnessed in the state through dry season farming.
“In case the committee finds that there is need for additional funding beyond the capacity of the state, the governor directed that it should engage a wide kaleidoscope of stakeholders and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the modalities of packaging harvested produce during the farming period and marketing same. Assuring, nonetheless, that the state have ample endowment to pilot the scheme, Gov. Tambuwal charged the committee to hit the ground running in order to enable the state government send a supplementary budget on the matter to the Sokoto State House of Assembly (SOHA).”
The Chairman of the Committee, Dr Kilgori appreciated his appointment and that of other members and assured the state government of the cooperation of the committee. He pledged that all relevant stakeholders will be contacted and those required will be incorporated, with a view to coming up with a comprehensive blueprint for the dry season farming scheme envisaged by the government to lessen the suffering of farmers who lost a lot to the flood.