NEWMAP Launched in Kano: Project to expend #1.1B to tackle land degradation and enhance water Conservation in the state.
Dateline: 18/05/2017 the Nigeria Erosion and watershed Management Project was officially launched in Kano today towards land restoration and enhanced water conservation in response to the unique dry land challenges in the state
The project is to intervene in nine sites in Kano as a first phase work in Erosion sites , and Water Conservation in Dawakin Tofa, Kiru, Ungogo shinono, Takai, Tarauni and Makoda Local government areas.
Speaking at the occasion Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Hafizu Abubakar said the launch of NEWMAP in Kano is the beginning of land restoration in the state. He noted that through its planned interventions especially in the area of Water Conservation will restore hope to the people through enhanced agricultural production and improved livelihoods.
The National Project Coordinator Salisu Dahiru said the project will address flooding, poor management of solid waste and enhance water Conservation with good impact on the affected communities by providing economic livelihoods to the poor and affected people.
Dr. Amos Abu TTL NEWMAP said the creation of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) was in line with the country strategic response to the challenges and worsening land degradation and environmental insecurity in Nigeria. Since the date of effectiveness, the transformational revolution brought about in tackling land degradation and gully erosion has endeared the citizenry to the project.
According to Abu the last four years, NEWMAP’s success in transforming degraded landscape battered with massive gully erosion into a healthy landscape has been described as a remarkable achievement by many. This could not have been possible but for the commitment and ownership exhibited at all Levels of government and the communities within the project areas as well. Very important too, is the overall project structure that meticulously saw to project implementation activities towards reducing vulnerability to soil erosion in targeted sub-watersheds.
It will be recall that the launch of NEWMAP 4 years ago drew scepticism from many quarters, but today it’s a different ball game, as the project activities have spread into 19 states considering that it started with 7 initial states of Abia, Anambra, Cross River, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu and Imo. NEWMAP gradually reduced the loss of agricultural lands; reduced the loss of infrastructure; and, prevented further loss of lives, houses while it progressively restored vegetative cover as well as improved environmental conditions with linkage roads to hitherto separated communities due to gully erosion. The importance of scaling up and replicating the successes is even now stronger!
All thanks to the revolutionary approach and progress recorded by the initial seven states that later drew, in September 2015, additional 7 states; Delta, Gombe, Kogi, Kano, Plateau, Oyo and Sokoto to the project, having met the necessary selection criteria. Later, a third phase of states joined the project (Akwa Ibom, Borno, Katisina, Nasarawa, and Niger, States) thus making a total of 19 states