World Bank extends gully erosion projects to seven more States
The World Bank has expanded its Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), to include seven more states prone to gully erosion.
The Task Team Leader (TTL) of NEWMAP, Dr. Amos Abu, who disclosed this at the Joint Technical and Strategic Committee meeting in Owerri, said the states include Sokoto, Plateau, Delta, Gombe, Kogi, Kano and Oyo.
He said there were applications from five more states including Borno, Katsina, Nasarawa, Niger and Akwa Ibom, adding the states owned the projects by reason of their counterpart funding to the projects.
Abu commended the Imo State Government’s cooperation on projects, stressing that the joint committee would resolve and fashion reports that would be open to the states’ scrutiny.
The Imo State Project Coordinator of the project, Victor Anueyiagu, said the communities where the gully erosion sites were located include Eziala- Obizi in Ezinihitte Mbaise; Ihioma – Ogbaeru – Iyiuzo, in Isu Local Council, and Amanato Umueshi, Ntueke, in Ideato South Local Council area, among others.