The state Commissioner for Water Resources, Alhaji Abdulkadir Jinjiri, said this during an inspection tour of the project at Matara community in Kirikasamma local government area of the state.
He said the state government in collaboration with the Hadejia River Basin Development Authority had so far cleared several kilometres of grass on the river.
“The state government is committed to the typher grass control on the river to enhance effective utilisation of water resources.
“The project is designed to clear devastating grass, control flooding and enhance agricultural activities,’’ the commissioner said.
Jinjiri said the state government had also executed various water projects to enhance access to safe drinking water by the rural communities.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the council, Malam Haruna Dauda, commended the government over the project and pledged his council’s support for the exercise.
Dauda said that the project was providing rural dwellers with alternative means of livelihood.
He said that the typher grass had ravaged a greater part of the Hadejia River by blocking water channels which impeded easy flow of water to irrigation lands.
According to Dauda, fishermen were also exposed to difficulties as movement on the water became virtually impossible due to the typher grass. (NAN)