NEWMAP Holds Stakeholders Workshop on PIM Review
Stakeholders from participating MDAs at the just concluded NEWMAP Project Implementation Manual (PIM) review could not hide their approvals looking at the impressive achievements recorded by NEWMAP within the past 6 years.
Stakeholders had gathered for a 4-day workshop on the review of the Project implementation Manual with the specific objective of assessing the Manual for an update. This therefore ensured that participants made inputs into the various Terms of References (ToRs), reviewed and agreed on the various aspects of implementation procedures as regards activities in NEWMAP components 1 – 4, As well as relevant policy guidelines towards a holistic project execution.
In his overview of the NEWMAP Project Implementation Manual (PIM) NEWMAP National Project Coordinator, Salisu Dahiru reminded participants of the importance of Project Implementation Manual (PIM) to any project. In the case of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), he noted that the Project Implementation Manual (the PIM) is intended for everyone involved in project implementation. “It provides general background on the nature of the project, its objectives and methods and most importantly specific guidance on the procedures to be followed in implementation.
Salisu believed that working in line with all the laid down procedures as itemized in the PIM document contributed immensely to the Project achievements. Apart from the presentation of the results achieved in the project Implementation to the public, the review also encompasses negotiations about the necessary project amendments and modifications. The PIM is important for its successful future Project implementation and completion, especially in the light of the sustainability of the project concept, procedures and approach to ameliorating erosion and watershed management issues in Nigeria.
Flagging off the activity Enugu state Commissioner for Environment Prince Emeka Mamah expressed satisfaction in NEWMAP project implementation. He reviewed the progress made in Enugu which led to the recent commission and hand-over of two rehabilitated erosion sites in the state as well as the Project’s compliance to strict fiduciary and Safeguard procedures.
In his remarks Dr. Amos Abu, NEWMAP Task Team Leader (TTL) and Senior Environmentalist (AFTEN) World Bank Country office Nigeria, applauded the entire NEWMAP workforce, project –wide. He also avail the opportunity to acknowledge those who worked on the Project and retired, especially its first National Coordinator Engr. Chikelo Nwune, and the rest of the entire pioneer staff. He particularly prayed for the souls of those who worked on the project but no longer alive to witness the vast success achieved.
Overview of the present Project status: There is a huge demand by the states to join NEWMAP. The project is 5.5 years post effectiveness, and for a Project designed not to exceed 11 states in its lifetime now having 21 states and still under pressure occasioned the recent application and approval of Project Additional Financing by the World Bank. Firstly, recent inventory conducted under NEWMAP identified 6,000 sites with land degradation in the country, including both gully erosion and degradation of dry lands, a number far beyond what single-project resources could address; secondly, these more demands comes from a broader geographical area. Whereas the tier 1 states were mostly in the south east part of the country, tier 2 states cover broader geographical spread.
Part of the AF will be used to analyze and develop opportunities for future watershed and Landscape Management support, including the Northern States. For example, such needs will could relate to flooding, Dam rehabilitation and environmental degradation in dry and semi –arid lands in Northern Nigeria.
The PIM is a “living document” presently consisting of 5 volumes.
Volume One – Main content comprising nine chapters:
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The Project
Chapter 3 Institutional Arrangements and Project Management
Chapter 4 Implementation of Project Components
Chapter 5 Financial Management Plan
Chapter 6 Procurement Procedures
Chapter 7 Environmental and Social Management Plan
Chapter 8 Monitoring and Evaluation
Chapter 9 Communication Strategy
Volume Two – Specific Annexes including:
Annex 1 Procurement Plan for the First Eighteen Months
Annex 2 Implementation Schedules
Annex 3 Results Management Framework
Annex 4 Detailed Project Costs
Annex 5 Terms of Reference of NEWMAP staff
Annex 6 Key Communication Messages
Annex 7 Interim Financial Reports
Annex 8 Community Financial Reports
Annex 9 Activity Charts
Annex 10 Standard Procurement Documents for NCB, ICB
Guidelines for Erosion Management Sub-Projects in High Rainfall Areas (Southern States)
Guidelines for Erosion Management Sub-Projects in Low Rainfall Areas (Northern States)
Guidelines for Climate Change Agenda Support Sub-Projects