By Hannatu Sulaiman Abba
– As Kano releases N300m as counterpart funding
Acknowledging the commitment of Kano state government, in proper facilitation for successful execution of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) and good working relationship between the Kano office of the project and the state, World Bank reveals that, Kano office is the most transparent among all other offices in the country.
This was disclosed by the National Coordinator of the project, Dr Salisu Dahiru, during the distribution of Resettlement Action Plan’s (RAP) Cheques to project affected persons in respect of construction of ‘Yansabo, Tofa Water Conservation Structures and provision of Minor Irrigation facilities, held recently at Africa House, Government House, Kano.
That, “World Bank adjudged Kano NEWMAP office as the most transparent office. Whenever there is any financial document to be considered, Kano gets approval first before any other state,” he explained.
He noted that “Your Excellency it is worth noting that, your administration gives all necessary attention to this project. Whenever we have project development document, we find it highly professional and skilful. That is why our project development document is always being copied by other states.”
The National Coordinator commended governor Ganduje for his unrelenting effort in making sure that, NEWMAP project succeed, revealing further that, “It is part of governor Ganduje’s effort that moves our Kano office forward. Kano was the only state that participated in China Conference, among others.”
In his remarks governor Ganduje appreciated that, “We place priority on this project.That is why we don’t relent. We released the sum of N300 Million counterpart funding to facilitate the successful execution of the project.”
He sums up the importance of the project, that, “When completed it will provide various means of livelihood to our teeming population. That was conceived to provide farming opportunities and reduce flooding. Thereby complimenting government effort in the provision of food security to the state and the nation at large.”
Adding that, Kano has been a pacesetter in this direction, that “we have provided various interventions under the project package. As well as other interventions through various ministries, departments and agencies.”
The distribution of the cheques to the affected persons, according to the governor, is “…with a view to legally take the possession of the site and enable early commencement of the project. All the project affected persons will be compensated appropriately in line with the policy of the state, federal government and World Bank.”
The state has six projects for erosion and 4 projects under water conservation structure and minor irrigation facilities. The sum of over N68 Million was distributed to the beneficiaries from ‘Yansabo, Tofa local government.