By Bukar Bolori
Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Bagudu, was, on Wednesday, led by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on a tour of 3,000-hectare rice farm in Damasak, headquarters of Mobbar Local Government Area. The mega farm is one of Zulum’s ongoing programmes in Agriculture. The farm’s location, Damasak, is on the fringes of lake chad and it was one of Boko Haram’s strongholds before it was liberated by the Nigerian Military…. Kebbi Governor explains Damasak visitDuring the tour, Governor Bagudu addressed farmers, explaining purpose of his visit. “Let me say how honoured I am to be standing here in Damasak to support my brother. When he told us the big story, I asked him, ‘can you take me along with you (to Damasak)?’ We always celebrate him (Zulum) and appreciate what he is doing for Borno State and the entire Nigeria. His doggedness and courage are why I joined him in coming to see this (farm in Damasak), among other efforts that he is doing in returning normalcy to Borno State and indeed normalcy to Nigeria”, Bagudu said. …Says Buhari is happyStill addressing farmers, Governor Bagudu said he had met with Mr President, “I told him about Borno’s rice farm which he noted. Mr President was so happy with the news”. … Zulum speaksIn his response, Governor Zulum explained that over 30,000 hectares have so far been cultivated across the state. He cited the reactivation of irrigation farming programmes around lake Alau, Baga, Nguro Soye in Bama and some liberated communities across the local government areas. Zulum said the activation of irrigation activities have increased Borno’s local sourcing of vegetables rather than having to bring from other parts of the country.The two governors returned to Maiduguri from where Bagudu departed. The governors traveled to Damasak alongside former Minister of Agriculture Hon. Abubakar Tijjani, who played a key role in some of Borno’s agricultural programmes. There were the Zulum’s special adviser on agriculture, Ali Audu, and a director of irrigation, Mohammed Shettima. The trip also included the member representing Mobbar at the State Assembly, Usman Lawan Moruma, and three former commissioners: Trade and Commerce, Yarima Lawan Kareto, Agriculture, Engr Bukar Talba, and Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Engr Mustapha Mallambe, and the Executive Secretary, Borno State Tsangaya Board, Ali Kaka Gashigar.