World bank provides N25b for fight against erosion, desertification in Katsina
From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
Katsina state commissioner of environment Alhaji Hamza Suleiman Faskari, has said that the World Bank has provided a staggering sum of N25 billion for the fight against flooding and erosion control in Katsina State.
The Katsina State Government has paid the sum of N500 million as counterparts funding.
Faskari stated this during press briefing on the activities of the Katsina State Ministry of Environment on Monday in Katsina.
He said that the amount provided by World Bank is being utilized for flooding control in Jibia, Katsina, Malumfashi and Funtua towns that are prone to annual flooding and erosion.
The Commissioner further said some part of the money will be used to control erosion and flooding in several communities across the State.
Faskari said that the State Government in collaboration with National Great Green Wall Project has Planted 12 million tree seedling covering eleven Local Government Areas.
He said the Local Governments that benefitted from the project include Batsari, Jibia and Katsina, Mashi, Mani, Maiadua, Daura, Sandamu, Zango and Baure.
Faskari said so far the State Government has spent N8 billion to control flooding and erosion in 122 sites covering 150 communities across the State.
He noted that the measures taken in urban and rural areas have improved access, saved communities, habitats, infrastructure and farmlands from total extinction.
Faskari said Government is currently working to provide intervention in 3,000 communities faced with flooding problem.
He called on communities to complement effort of the State Government toward clearing of drainage and other waste in their areas.