The provision of safe, clean and sanitized environment for attaining quality education, improved and sustainable agricultural production, availability and quality of water resources, improved hygiene, good health and poverty reduction remains one of the top priorities of the present administration in 2021.
The multi-year phase IV projects for the control of flood and erosion in 42 Communities across the State which commenced in the fourth quarter of 2020 has successfully reached 98% completion stage in the 2021 financial year. These and other interventions in the previous phases have continued to ensure minimal incidences of flooding across the State.
However, two unfortunate flood situations at Tudun Katsira in Katsina Local Government Area and the Cemetery near Kasuwar Mata in Funtua Local Government Area during the 2021 rainy season were immediately responded to through the emergency construction of drainages, vehicular/pedestrian access, culverts and laterite fillings at the cost of over N175Million.
Under the Nigeria erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in Katsina State, the construction of stormwater drainages in Katsina, Funtua, Malumfashi and Jibia were awarded at the contract sum of over N23Billion. So far those awarded in Katsina, Malumfashi and Funtua were completed while that of Jibia has attained 95% completion stage. The projects succeeded in achieving a drawdown of over N15.7Billion in 2021 alone and a cumulative drawdown of over N21.6Billion representing 94% of the total project costs.
Prior to the closure of the NEWMAP in June 2022, the Federal Government, with the World Bank support, commenced preparations for enlistment of States to participate in the developed Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes Project (ACReSAL). The State Government did not only express interest in the development but has gone far in fulfilling the criteria for participation. These criteria among others include identification of the State Erosion and Watershed Management Agency (NEWMAP) as the implementing Agency, including the programme in the budget proposals for 2022, developing plans for strengthening of the Agency and making ready made designs for the sub-projects.
The State Government has further sustained the provision of waste management supplies, environmental assessment gadgets and monitoring of environmental sanitation exercises.
Similarly, the State Government has been funding the State Environmental Protection Agency to ensure clean environment, disposal and management of wastes across the State and operation and maintenance of their vehicles and equipment.