FG restates commitment to reduce land degradation



THE Federal Government has reiterated its commitment to eradicate land degradation in the country.

This was disclosed in Abuja at a leadership programme organised by the World Bank Nigeria office for the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), a new Federal Government initiative to address erosion and land degradation in the country.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Fatimah Nana Mede, represented by the Project’s National Co-ordinator, Mr. Salisu Dahiru, commended the implementation progress of civil works recorded at the various erosion sites in the South-East, saying the project activities so far have endeared the interest of other states, especially from the North, requesting to join NEWMAP.

Mede, who noted that the activities on ground at most of the sites show that NEWMAP project development objectives are being met and delivered to the people, acknowledged the extensive progress in Edo (Auchi, Ekehuan and Queen Ede Road in Ogbeson Quarters), Ebonyi (Nguzu Eda) and Enugu (Ajali and Nite mile) and Cross River states.

She also called for more efforts on the appreciable progress of implementation activities in Abia, Anambra and Imo states.

In his remarks, the World Bank Task Team Leader for NEWMAP, Dr. Amos Abu, stressed that the bank’s support for the project was part of its commitment to tackling poverty in the country, charging the workforce to use the opportunity of the programme to identify the most complex challenges for NEWMAP and come up with ideas on how to address the issues.

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