The Borno Government had said that it would reactivate the 67,000 hectares South Chad Irrigation Project (SCIP) located on Lake Chad shores.
The project, which was conceived by the Federal Government in the 70's, had been abandoned for years.
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno, who visited the site, said he would collaborate with the Chad Basin Development Authority (CBDA) to revive the project.
Shettima promised to inject the needed funds to actualise the revitalisation of the project.
He lamented that the project had been allowed to degenerate over the years in spite of its great economic potentials to the country.
“Our collaborative efforts can bring back at least 50 per cent of the estimated capacity of the project in a short while. This will provide employment opportunities to no fewer than 11, 000 unemployed youths,’’ he said.
CBDA Managing Director, Alhaji Garba Iliya, told the governor that the project had? the potentials to address the nation’s food security challenges as well as provide jobs.
Iliya said his organisation would collaborate with the state government in its quest to revamp the project.?
The News Agency of? Nigeria (NAN) reports that the project covers? irrigation land in Kirenowa, Baga and Ngala communities.?