By Nefishetu Yakubu
Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority (BORBDA) is to commence implementation of a four-year strategic plan with N30.71 billion in Edo, Ekiti, Ondo and Delta.
The BORBDA Managing Director, Mr. Saliu Ahmed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Obayantor, Benin that the four-year plan would be funded through partnership with Federal Ministry of Water Resources, development partners and Public Private Partnership (PPP).
Ahmed added that the plan would begin in 2017 and revolve through 2021 and would be based on development agenda of the economic recovery, in line with plans of the present administration.
“The focus will be on those projects that will create multiplier effect on the economy to achieve faster growth and address challenges, particularly food security.
“The plan is also expected to address challenges of employment, poverty reduction, water supply, environmental protection and improve revenue generating status of BORBDA.
“The Basin will reposition itself to meet these challenges for balanced, integrated and sustainable development of its catchment states.”
He also said the plan would enhance sustainable agriculture production, ensure completion of on-going irrigation projects and expand BORBDA’s commercial investment outlook.
He noted that BORBDA ranked fourth in the country, with responsibility to cover population of about 10.3 million and land area coverage of about 44.202 kilometres. (NAN)