KNSG to Seeks WB Intervention For Construction of Three Water Conservation Structures

Written by Pyramid FM Kano

The Kano state government says it is seeking the intervention of World Bank and other development partners for the construction of three (3) water conservation structures and five (5) Erosion sites in eight (8) local government areas with a view to prevent the state from land degradations.

The state governor Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (OFR) stated this while declaring open the Agro-climate resilience in semi-arid landscape (ACReSAL) Implementation support mission project supported by World Bank in collaboration with Federal ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Water resource held in Kano.

The program will be implemented in nineteen northern states including federal capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

Dr Ganduje represented by Kano state secretary to the state government Alhaji Usman Alhaji said the state has presented nine (9) priority sites for intervention by world Bank comprising five erosion sites and four (4) water conservation structures.

He said “Although, the state received clearance for only one (1) water conservation structure at ‘Yan Sabo Community in Tofa Local government Area which has been 100% completed, the engineering designs for the remaining three (3) water conservation structure at Dambazau/Fajewa in Takai, Dawan Kaya in Makoda and ‘Yartiti in Shanono. Also, five erosion sites at Rarin in Dawakin Tofa, Bulbula-Gayawa in Nasarawa, Tudun-fulani in Ungogo, Unguwar Alu in Tarauni and Kamanda in Kiru local government Areas were all cleared by the Bank and we are hopeful for their full implemention under ACReSAL Project”.

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In a remarks, the Kano state commissioner for environment Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso expressed the state government commitments in improving and protecting environment saying that the state has restored annual tree planting excercise in 2020 with a view to protect Kano on the hash effects of climate change.

Dr Getso said the state has accorded priority to environmental sector were by addressing climate issues, restoration of degraded lands, fight against the menace of desertification and desert encroachment, pollution control, environmental sanitation and prevention of flooding and control.

He said some of the intervention and programs include “setting up of Kano state afforestation Agency by the state government which is funded with a view to plant more trees and manage forestry plantations in the state”.

“Kano state government has key into the National Great Green Wall (NGGW) Projects where it has provided funds and lands or the establishment of Community tree Nurseries and plantations in the state”, he said.

Getso added that “We have sustained the conduct of annual drainage clearance excercise to avert flooding in the state”, the year 2022 annual drainage clearance excercise which was supported by Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWSMAP) led to the desilting of more than 70,000 linear meters of drainage Within the Kano Metropolis”.

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Also speaking, the program world Bank team leader Dr Joy Iganya Agene appreciate efforts and resilience of Kano state government for hosting the program, adding that the over 700 million dollars project is aimed at tackling the effects of climate change in Northern Nigeria.

She said the team will try to visit the site and see areas that needs early interventions and those who needs extensive planning for profer implementations of the project.

The program has in attendance the Kano state commissioner for Agriculture and rural development Yusuf Jibrin Rurum, Kano commissioner of Water Resources Garba Yusuf Abubakar represented by permanent secretary at the ministry Hussain Umar Ganduje, representatives from the federal ministry of environment, Agriculture, water resources, representatives of all niniteen northern states and the journalist.

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