Bello Goronyo, the Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation, recently emphasized the Federal Government’s commitment to collaborating with the Cross River State Government in order to bolster food production and security.

    During a two-day familiarization tour of the Cross River Basin Development Authority (CRBDA) from November 7th to November 8th, 2023, in Calabar, the state capital, Goronyo urged the CRBDA to engage with stakeholders to expand irrigable lands, thereby increasing agricultural productivity. He underscored the importance of this initiative in line with President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope’ agenda. This announcement was made public through a statement issued by the Ministry’s Director of the Press and Public Relations Unit, Mrs. Funmi Imuetinyan.

    Cross River State
    Bello Goronyo

    According to his statement, “I urge the management of CRBDA to continue working with stakeholders and expanding more irrigable lands to actualize Mr. President’s Agenda to get Nigerians out of poverty and hunger in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, on food security.”

    In order to assure the success of Tinubu’s food security plan, Goronyo emphasized his resolve to see to it that employees and partners in the water resources sector actively participate. He also added that everyone must be proactive, creative, and committed to improving the lives of all Nigerians.

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    He underscored that every state in Nigeria faces the threat of malaria, emphasizing the critical need for comprehensive interventions, including the distribution of insecticide-treated nets, indoor residual spraying, and efficient testing and rapid diagnostic measures. While acknowledging the availability of appropriate treatments, he expressed concern over the inadequate coverage of these essential tools, indicating potential gaps in the country’s malaria control strategies.

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