The Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Joseph Utsev, has expressed the readiness of the Federal Government to strategically use water resources to boost food production and enhance food security in the country, especially in the face of the current economic challenges.
He made the promise during his visit to the Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority and the Oyan Dam in Ogun State.
Reacting to the perennial flooding in parts of Ogun and Lagos states as a result of release of water from the Oyan river, the minister frowned upon the way people build indiscriminately on water plains but promised to work with the state governments concerned to address the situation.
During the visit which was his first to Ogun State, the minister was conducted round some of the water facilities, including the Oyan River Dam located in the Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the state by the managing director of the Basin Authority, Olufemi Odumosun.
The minister promised to use water resources to ensure food security abundance and alleviation of poverty among Nigerians.
The minister, in company of his Environment counterpart, Balarabe Lawal, and the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, are expected to visit some areas affected by the flood in Isheri area of the state.