GURI (Jigawa) – Some farmers in Guri Local Government Area of Jigawa State, on Monday, urged the state government to clear the hyper-grass on Hadejia River to encourage agricultural activity there.
The farmers made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Guri, Jigawa.
Malam Nuhu Isa, one of the farmers, said the call was imperative because weeding the grass would enhance farming activities and control flooding in the area.
Isa said that the grass had ravaged greater part of the river and blocked water channels, adding that the grass made fishing and irrigation activities difficult.
Alhaji Dawure Bagana, the Councillor for Water and Sanitation in the council, also stressed the need for grass control around the river.
He said “the state government should expand the grass clearing project to Dawa-Guri part of the river.’’
Bagana said the devastating grass had exposed the Guri community to flooding and other disasters.
NAN reports that the Jigawa government, in collaboration with the Hadejia-Jama’are River Basin Development Authority, had embarked on grass clearing exercise at Auyo, Hadejia and Kirikasamma areas of the river.
The government had also constructed embankment to control flooding in the affected areas. (NAN)