Kano state earmarks N300m for ecological projects

Acheme Jack, Kano

Kano state government north western Nigeria has approved  the release of N300 million as counterpart funds for the take-off of the first phase of projects, under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP.

NEWMAP in Kano, intends to rehabilitate five erosion sites in Kiru, Ungoggo, Dwakin Tofa, Nassarawa and Tarauni local government areas.

The project will provide four water conservation structures together with minor irrigation facilities in villages in Shanono, Tofa, Makoda and Takai local government areas.

Dr. Ganduje stated this at the official launch of the state NEWMAP at the Government House in Kano.

“The selection of the sites was predicated on the fact that the erosion has not only engulfed considerable hectares of productive agricultural land but also destroyed several houses, roads and other infrastructural facilities, thereby threatening the lives and means of livelihood of thousands of inhabitants living in those areas”.

“These are the first wave of priority sites selected by Kano state government for intervention in accordance with the criteria laid down by the World Bank, the state Governor,” explained Dr. Ganduje .

Sustainable Land Use Practices

He added that the programme will further play a crucial role of complementing the state government’s efforts of Sustainable Land Use Practices and reforestation by putting back vegetation cover on farm lands, some deforested reserves and communal forest areas through conventional and social forestry practices in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

He described the project launch as fulfillment of a campaign promise, to address various forms of environmental challenges that require urgent government intervention in some communities across the state.

Community Participation.

Task Team Leader (TTL) of NEWMAP, Dr. Amos Abu who said the erosion intervention projects are being financed by the World Bank, stressed “the need for community involvement and support to ensure resounding success.”

The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) development objective, aims to reduce vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted communities. This eight-year innovative, multi-sectoral project will finance State-led interventions to prevent and reverse land degradation, which threatens biodiversity, infrastructure and livelihoods in several states including Kano.

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