In order to harness the development potentials of River Niger and Benue for the sustainable development of the Nation, Y-G-Consults, a group of concerned Nigerian Professionals has called on the Federal government to explore the untapped potentials of the River Niger and Benue for economic development.
This was contained in a communique made available to Housing News, by Coordinator of the group, ARC. Gabriel Aduku. The statement reads ‘’we are driven by the conviction that rivers Niger and Benue have tremendous, but largely untapped, social and economic development potentials for the states along the two rivers in particular and Nigeria in general’’.
We are convinced that developing suitable projects along the rivers can lead to the transformation and modernization of the cities, towns and villages along them’ ’Such projects can also be attractive to national international investors, foreign experts, Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) and International Development Finance Institutions’’.
The group urged the government to focus on development of projects along the two rivers in the areas of agriculture, especially irrigation and horticulture; water transportation, smart land transportation systems, tourism and international water sports.
They added that these areas are also capable of providing a serene environment that can be used to promote global research and development centres. The group also expressed their willingness to support the government in the implementation of the project.
‘’We are willing and prepared to put our expertise and experience at the disposal of the Federal Government to ensure the implementation of this laudable project’’. ‘’Specifically, we are offering to carry out a detailed survey of the two rivers to identify types, scope and locations of the proposed transformative projects.to carry out effective sensitisation of the stakeholders at all tiers of government’’.
Y-G Consult is a group of professionals, from a diverse professional background, with national and international experience. The formation of the group was motivated by the policy pronouncements of the Federal Government to diversify the Nigerian economy away from the dominance of crude oil.
Affa Dickson Acho