Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has affirmed the commitment of his administration to exploit the agricultural potentials of the shores of Lake Chad in order to boost agriculture in the state.
According to a signed statement on Tuesday by Isa Gusau, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, he said Mr Zulum made this known during his visit to Baga where he assessed a portion of the lake for agriculture.
The governor further spoke on promoting the trans-border trade between communities in Nigeria and their counterparts of Chad and Niger Republics.
During the assessment, Governor Zulum observed that with agricultural activities picking up along the shores, the returning communities hitherto depending on government support and humanitarian aid would have sources of livelihood.
His words: “We are here to see how we can support large-scale farming as this town was ravaged by the insurgents and people were resettled back about the last two or three years.
“So, in order to provide a means of livelihood to the people we have to exploit the potentials of Lake Chad.
“Our first objective is to see how we can support the Army and the Navy to clear the waterways so that movement by boat from Baga to Chad can commence which will enhance trans border trade and agriculture.”
While in the border town of Baga, Mr Zulum also approved the construction of a High Islamic College.
The over 2,000 students capacity college would combine traditional Islamic education with literacy and numeracy as well as digital and vocational education.