By Ohunenese Adewale
Kogi State Commisoner of Environment, Chief Victor Omofaiye has said, the government is satisfied with the level of implementation on erosion sites across the state.
Chief Omofaiye made the remark while speaking to newsmen in Adavi local government when he led a delegation of the World bank representatives and representatives of the state government in an assessment tour to Kogi Central.
He noted that because of the importance of the projects to the people of the affected areas, his Ministry will ensure proper and constant supervision of the projects to speed up the completion of the projects in order to ease the suffering of the people.
He reiterated the state governments commitment to support Kogi NEWMAP in identifying more critical sites that have not been captured in this phase of the program
Also speaking, the Coordinator of Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in Kogi State, Barrister Ladi Jatto promised to identify and execute more projects on critical erosion sites in the State.
Barrister Ladi explained that NEWMAP has identified eleven sites in the state and currently working in two of the sites in Agassa of Okene local government and Adum Ogugu in Olamaboro local government respectively.
She stated that NEWMAP is working on modalities to fasttrack the design of new identified erosion sites and award the contracts to competent contractors.
The Coordinator who commended the world Bank and state government for their continued support, said the huge success recorded by Kogi NEWMAP so far is as a result of the uncommon support from Governor Yahaya Bello especially in the area of prompt payment of counterparts funds.
In his remark, the National Coordinator of NEWMAP Alhaji Salisu Dahiru explained that the projects that the agency has embarked on have a guarantee of controlling erosion for more than hundred years.
He expressed satisfaction on the level of implementation recorded in many of the sites assessed so far, pointing out that the aim of the assessment and implementation support mission to gully sites is to meetwith critical stakeholders to discuss issues that ensure speedy completion of the projects.
Alhaji Salisu noted that NEWMAP prioritises gully sites based on its severity and potential impact on communities and civil structures.
Earlier, the delegation paid a courtesy call on the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland Alhaji Ado Ibrahim at his Azad palace in Okene LGA.
The royal father thanked the team for executing projects that will ease the pain of his people and promised the support of his office and the traditional rulers in the area.