The national project coordinator of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Dr. Salisu Dahiru, has restated the agency’s commitment to the execution of the Federal College of Education -Malam Inna gully site project in Gombe State.
He gave this assurance at a one-day workshop on security and risk assessment for Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project sites in the northeast, held in Gombe.
According to him, though the NEWMAP project has closed on June 30, 2021, some of the works that would have been done by NEWMAP will still be addressed under the proposed Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project.
It would be recalled that the Federal College of Education-Malam Inna gully erosion site design had already been completed by the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) but couldn’t be executed before the end of the project.
Represented by the NEWMAP national water specialist, Engr. Anda Ayuba, Dahiru assured that the gully site which is in the state metropolis would be carried out using funds from ACReSAL and the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The NEWMAP NPC explained that the workshop was organized to look at the security issues around the implementation of the new project whose objective was to increase the adoption of climate resilient landscape management practices and enhance livelihoods in targeted arid/semi-arid watersheds in northern Nigeria.
Earlier in her remarks, the Gombe State Commissioner for Environment and Forest Resources, Dr. Hussaina Goje, expressed the state’s readiness to partner the Federal Government for the implementation of ACReSAL.
She said the state government had met all the requirement for participation in the ACReSAL project, adding the governor was disposed to paying counterpart contribution for the project implementation.
In their remarks, the Commissioner for Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Magaji Gettado represented by his permanent secretary, Barr. Obel Yaji, and his Water Resources counterpart, Mijinyawa Yahaya commended the federal government for initiating the project and assured of support toward its successful implementation.
Also speaking, the Gombe State NEWMAP project coordinator, Engr. Mohammed Garba, thanked the state government for its support to the project which brought about milestones in the state.