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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has commended the FG and the World Bank for ongoing efforts to restore the natural vegetation of the state. Tambuwal at launch of Nigeria Erosion & Watershed Management, NEWMAP projects in the state, said it marks the beginning of the rehabilitation of the Earth Dams in the state, especially the Lugu Dam “and this is a right move towards abundant foods supplies and economic self sufficiency.”

The Governor said NEWMAP is coming to Sokoto at the right time given the need to restore and rehabilitate the Lugu Dam that serves over 3000 famers working on the farm land. Earlier the NEWMAP Task Team Leader, Dr. Amos Abu commended the commitment of the State government for putting in place a solid state Project management Team and quick release of the states’ counterpart fund.

NEWMAP project has earmarked about 6.5Billion for the restoration of the Watershed in the Lugu Dam area while the state has shown commitment of 1.33 Billion as counterpart contribution to this life saving project.

Some of NEWMAP’s projects in the state includes Rehabilitation of Lugu dam and associated wurno irrigation scheme; Control of river bank erosion and river retraining in Sabon Birin/ Yarbulutu; Channelization of runoff in Tudun Wada Sokoto metropolis; Channelization of runoff in Goronyo; Reconstruction of earth dam in Rafin-duma/ Kadassaka Gada; Reconstruction of earth dam in Ungushi kebbe; Channelization of runoff and the construction of earth dam in Tambuwal; Channelization of runoff and construction of earth dam in Durbawa Kware; Channelization of runoff and earth dam in Sifawa Bodiga and Channelization of runoff in Wamakko.


The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, Edward Kallou has called on the people of Ogoni to support the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP as it puts structures in place preparatory to the final take off of the clean-up of oil polluted Ogoni land.

Kallou made the call at an oil impacted site at Kwawa in Khana Local Government Area where he led a delegation of the United Nations to monitor the training of Technical Assistants by HYPREP.

He commended the Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil on his meticulous approach to the clean-up of Ogoni land and urged the locals to exercise some more patience for the project to commence properly.

The UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria assured Ogonis that the clean-up project is on course but that the technical aspect needs to be diligently taken care of for the physical clean up to take place and promised the world body’s commitment to the success of the project.

Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil told the UN Resident Coordinator that so far HYPREP has set up a committee to assess existing water facilities in Ogoni land in line with the recommendation of the UNEP report that potable water be provided for Ogonis since their sources of water have been polluted by oil spills.

He stated that the Committee has turned in its report and HYPREP is talking with water consultants on how to effectively and satisfactorily provide pipe borne water in Communities of Ogoni.

Dr. Dekil further stated that HYPREP is in touch with Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the University of Port Harcourt and other consultants to launch a health impact assessment study of Ogoni land with the aim of providing a comprehensive medical care for the people.

He explained that for a successful clean up to take place there was need to stop re-pollution of remediated sites which is why he had an interactive forum with Ex-Refiners to put an end to their illegal oil refining activities so that as the project starts there wouldn’t be any draw back on it.

The HYPREP Coordinator also informed Mr. Kallou that HYPREP in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNITAR is training Ogoni women whose sources of livelihood have been impacted by oil pollution to acquire alternative skills to sustain themselves and their families.

Highpoints of the visit were a courtesy call on the Kwawa council of chiefs and a demonstration by the newly trained Technical Assistants for the remediation programme.

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