ANAMBRA NEWMAP AT A GLANCE
The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) is an eight-year innovative and multi-sectoral project initiated by the Federal Government of Nigeria and some select States and financed by the World Bank to address and resolve soil erosion challenges, climate change and renewable energy sources in the several target states.
Launched in June 26th, 2014 in Anambra State, the idea behind the formation of NEWMAP is to have a more organized and sustainable fight-back against the danger of gully erosion and the frightening devastation of our ecology by reclaiming damaged areas and resuscitating them through wholistic watershed management approach.
In Anambra State, a significant part of its landmass is under sever threat of flood and soil erosion hazards and to redress the impact of erosion on its communities, the state government targeted to rehabilitate and remedy through the NEWMAP opportunity some of its existing gully corridors.
The down payment of the sum of N1 billion as counterpart funding by Gov. Willie Obiano was rightly seen as a clear demonstration of this commitment and absolute good faith by the World Bank who quickly scaled up its interventionist effort to stave off the menace. NEWMAP today has done tremendous work on 13 sites across the State.
Gov.Willie Obiano yesterday met the World Bank Country Director Rachid Benmessaoud in company of the NEWMAP;s Task Team Leader, Dr.Amos Abu and other Bank’s Officials. Issues of the Banks involvement and attracting additional development project for the State was discussed among others. The Governor was accompanied by the Hon.Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Development Mark Okoye II.
Anambra Newmap State Project Management Unit (SPMU) today embarked on it’s routine site inspection to evaluate the progress made and provide guidance on issues on site, led by the State Project coordinator, Michael Ivenso the team visited the gully erosion sites at Abidi-Umuoji’ Ojoto and Nnewichi communities. See picture excerpts below