One critical factor that has bedeviled countries with large population is food insecurity. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country is not just suffering from this but projected to be hitted hard by 2030 if urgent measures are not taken to increase local food production.
In response to this, the Agricultural Transformation Agenda Support Program Phase One (ATASP 1), a program of African Development Bank and Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is constructing irrigation facilities in Kebbi and Sokoto States.
According to the Zonal Program Coordinator, Dr. Aliyu Abubakar, “the irrigation schemes will contribute to food and nutrition security, employment generation and wealth creation along Rice, Sorghum, and cassava value chain.
In the bid opening event held in Birnin Kebbi yesterday, the National Program Coordinator ATASP 1, Dr Ibrahim Muhammad represented by Alhaji Bala Muhammad assured bidders of transparency, adding that the best contractor with a fair cost will be selected to execute the job.
The bids opening was for the construction of irrigation facilities in Argungu, Suru, Dandi local governments areas of Kebbi state and Kware local government area of Sokoto state under the International Competitive Bidding procedure while the Irrigation schemes in Shanga and Ngaski local government areas were conducted on the 4th of September, 2019 under the National Competitive Bidding procedure.
Speaking differently, the Permanent Secretary, Kebbi State Ministry of Agriculture, and his counterpart from Sokoto State expressed satisfaction over what they described as a “timely intervention project “, to be implemented by ATASP 1.
Bidders at the event include: TEC Engineering, Abuja, CCG NIG Ltd, Kaduna, Lufem Engineering Services, Port Harcourt, Olivec Ventures Ltd, Nam and Bin Harman hydro Export Nigeria Ltd, H and M Ltd among others.