EDO AND SOKOTO STATES SET UP EROSION AND WATERSHED AGENCIES TO CONSOLIDATE ON NEWMAP SUCCESSES

The governments of Edo and Sokoto States have set up agencies to manage erosion issues in the States. The two states among the 23 states that benefits from the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) set up the agencies through acts of legislation in order to consolidate on the successes of the World Bank assisted project which is due to end by July 2022. [

Speaking on the importance of the agency, Edo State Governor Mr Godwin Obaseki stressed “We are concerned about environmental issues; working with the World Bank in terms of erosion control, we have spent so much ameliorating devastations caused by erosion menace and other environmental hazards. This law helps us institutionalize that process as we move forward. This law helps us have an institution that will help ameliorate the conditions that create these disasters. The law regulates communities on how to use land and have an agency that will ensure that preventive measures are taken to avert this whole scale environmental destruction as a result of erosion and flood control.”

Similarly, the Edo State Secretary to the State Government Osarodion Ogie (Esq) while receiving the World Bank Due Diligence Mission team led by the National Project Coordinator of NEWMAP; Alhaji Dr Salisu Dahiru on the 17th of August 2021 disclosed that the State Government signed the law creating Edo State Erosion, Flood and Watershed Management Agency due to its avowed commitment to protecting the environment against issues of flooding and erosion.

The Sokoto State House of Assembly on the other hand passed the law establishing Sokoto Erosion and Watershed Management Agency (SEWAP) on the 15th of August 2021. This was after it passed its first and second reading on the 9th of September 2021. After the first and second reading, the bill was referred to the House Committee on Environment for scrutiny and recommendation. Before presenting their report and its subsequent acceptance and passage into law, the committee had met with relevant stakeholders, including those from the Ministries of Environment, Land, Housing and Urban Planning, as well as the Sokoto NEWMAP Project Management Unit members led by its Project Coordinator; Alhaji Ibrahim Umar.

Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal who presented the bill to State Assembly expressed optimism that the law would help to strengthen capacity of the State in management of erosion and watershed problems as well as land matters in the state,”


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