Erosion control in Kano: NEWMAP provides watersheds in 9 LGAs
|By Muhammad Hamisu Abdullahi
Erosion management and control have always been a major concern of both government and nongovernmental organizations in view of the burning desire to arrest the degradation caused by the menace of soil erosion.
Concerted efforts are being made by such organizations to see to the amicable solution of the problem as it threatens communities as well as their environments.
Houses, farm lands and even graveyards are sometime affected by the menace, especially during rainy seasons, and in some cases, crop plants are being washed away by it.
Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Projects (NEWMAP), is an organization that is poised towards bringing to an end the problem in the country.
In its recent effort at curtailing the menace, it organized a workshop in Kano State where it gathered stakeholders in order to equip them with the ethics governing the implementation of the project in the state.
Through the workshop, NEWMAP intended to make a giant stride in providing watershed in nine local government areas of the state just as part of measures to end the menace.
The state Commissioner of Environment, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso, who graced the occasion, passed a lot of commendation on the part of the project in its efforts to help in proffering solution to the menace.
Dr. Getso used the opportunity to explain to the participants at the event that the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has achieved a lot in the area of moving the state to the next level.
He added that the state is also poised to do everything humanly possible to address the menace of erosion.
According to him, the workshop was intended to make stakeholders, especially at community level, to be more acquainted with the ethics governing the implementation of the project.
The commissioner also urged the participants to use the opportunity to augment efforts of the Ganduje administration towards bringing development in their various areas.
He thanked the stakeholders, especially the organizers of the workshop, as well as the World Bank, collaborating with the state government and for their concerns towards seeing an end to the problem of erosion across the state.
On his parts, the Project Coordinator in the state, Alhaji Musa Shu’aibu, said the NEWMAP would be working in nine local government areas of the state.
He added that they organized the three-day workshop for members of Erosion Community Association in the state in order to equip them with knowledge on how to tackle the menace in their various domains in particular and the state at large.
Alhaji Shu’aibu hinted that the participants had undergone intensive training on techniques towards ending the menace at the affected sites, stating that the workshop was anchored by array of experts form different walks of life, particularly in areas that would facilitate smooth operation of the project during implementation.
He said they were also sensitized on their roles and responsibilities as well as trained on business plan, soil erosion and water conservation.
Mustaph Tudun Fulani from Ungogo and Malam Ahmad Musa from Shanono Local Government Areas of the state were among the participants at the event who expressed their appreciation to the state government, under the leadership of Governor Ganduje and NEWMAP for the opportunity offered them to be part of the crusade against the menace of soil erosion.