The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has donated 50 water pumps for distribution to irrigation farmers in Borno.
The National President of NSE, Mr Babagana Mohammed, announced the donation on Thursday in Maiduguri.
He made the announcement when he came on a condolence/solidarity visit to Gov. Babagana Zulum, over the recent killing of some farmers in Zabarmari village in Jere Local Government by insurgents.
Mohammed said that the killing of farmers constituted a serious threat to the country’s food security, adding that something urgent should be done by the relevant agencies to stop such incidents.
He lauded the administration’s efforts to resettle displaced farmers back to their ancestral villages and towns, adding that the move would enable the farmers to resume their farming activities.
Mohammed, however, stressed that security should be everyone’s business, adding that the society would always strive to contribute its quota to efforts to promote peaceful coexistence.
“What has happened has happened and we must move ahead.
“We came with 50 ground water pumps to support farmers in your state. You are one of us, as an engineer, and we are proud of you,” Mohammed said.
Responding, Gov. Babagana Zulum thanked them for the concern shown and assured them that the water pumps would be given to deserving farmers.
The governor, who lauded the effective role of engineers in his administration’s rehabilitation and reconstruction programme, said that he had five engineers in his cabinet.
Zulum pledged his administration’s commitment to continued partnership with NSE in the areas of infrastructure, water supply and agriculture in the state.