EN­VI­RON­MENT World Bank re­leases N90bn for ero­sion sites in Cross River

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

The Se­nior En­vi­ron­men­tal Specialist at the World Bank and Team Leader of Nige­rian En­vi­ron­men­tal and Wa­ter­shed Man­age­ment Project (NEWMAP), Dr. Amos Abu, has dis­closed that the Bank has re­leased $580 mil­lion (N90bn) for in­ter­ven­tion in five en­vi­ron­men­tal and gully ero­sion sites in Cross River State.

Abu con­firmed that the fund has al­ready been re­leased by the World Bank to the federal govern­ment for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the projects when he paid a cour­tesy call on Gover­nor Liyel Imoke.

He stated that the project also in­cludes the in­tro­duc­tion of ir­ri­ga­tion as in­ter­ven­tion to im­prove the lives of people as well as cre­ate job, adding that NEWMAP has in­ter­vened in Edo, Anam­bra, Enugu, Imo, Delta and Ebonyi states.

He noted that though the state owned the project, World Bank was only play­ing an in­ter­ven­tion­ist role.

He com­mended Cross River as a state that has in­tro­duced an in­ter­nal mech­a­nism to check the men­ace of ero­sion and said NEWMAP was pre­pared to part­ner the Cross River to tackle its ero­sion prob­lems.

He lauded the state for set­ting aside $4.2bil­lion from its budget for ero­sion con­trol.

The team leader ex­plained that con­tract has been awarded for the Ikot Awa­tim ero­sion site in Cal­abar Mu­nic­i­pal­ity while the bills of quan­tity for the other sites have reached ad­vanced stage de­signs and en­gi­neer­ing.

Dr Thomas Ade­bayo of Federal Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment com­mended the state’s ef­fort in tack­ling en­vi­ron­men­tal and gully ero­sion, adding that the World Bank and Federal Govern­ment have re­leased $1.1bil­lion and Cross River will ben­e­fit from the money.

Gover­nor Imoke told the World Bank team that ero­sion which was en­dan­ger­ing lives and property in the state, lament­ing that most of the ero­sion sites were cre­ated by man and not by na­ture due to his fail­ure to man­age the en­vi­ron­ment.

Imoke ap­pealed that work on the project sites be prop­erly and tech­ni­cally su­per­vised to en­sure the cor­rect thing is done.

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