Kogi Government and Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) recently signed a multi-billion naira contract for the stabilization, reclamation and channeling of Adumu and Agassa erosion sites in Olamaboro and Okene local government areas.

The agreement signed by Kogi State governor Yahaya Bello, NEWMAP representatives and some contractors at the governor’s office in Lokoja is aimed at ensuring a lasting solution to concerns of environmental degradation in the affected areas.

Governor Bello emphasized that Kogi State, under his watch, has a culture of proper care for the environment based on the fact that such action determines how the environment reacts to human activities.

The governor thanked the federal government for ensuring that environmental challenges are taken with utmost seriousness, and the World Bank for providing financial support towards ensuring that issues of environmental degradation in the state and other parts of the country are reduced to the barest minimum.

The project coordinator of NEWMAP, Barrister ladi Ahmed Jatto, in her opening remarks, noted that the governor has shown so much concern towards solving environment issues and that despite the dwindling allocation of the state, he released N900,000 million counterpart fund to facilitate and fast track the Engineering Designs.

She stated that after a rigorous and meticulous bidding process, two firms namely NIGERPET Structures Limited and NAEL and BIN HARMAL NBHH/HARTLAND were awarded the contracts.