World Bank has approved the sum of 5.9 million US dollars for the take-off of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project in Bauchi State.
Commissioner for Environment and Housing in the state, Honourable Hamisu Mu’azu Shira announced this in an interview with journalists in Bauchi on the development.
He explained that one of the development objectives of the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) Project for Nigeria was to increase the implementation of sustainable landscape management practices in targeted watersheds in northern Nigeria and strengthen Nigeria’s long-term enabling environment for integrated climate-resilient landscape management.
The Commissioner applauded the Federal Ministry of Environment for working with World Bank to come up with the ACReSAL project and reaffirmed the determination of the state government to implement the project according to the guidelines.
He mentioned some of the activities to be carried out in the implementation of the project to include, including tree planting along the construction of roads in 6 local government areas across the 3 senatorial districts of the state, distribution of 6,000 efficient biomass cookstoves and fuels to avert indiscriminate cutting of trees in communities.
Hamisu Shira said the rest are, the construction of 10 solar-powered boreholes and provision of livestock drinking points in 10 animal rearing communities across the state, the establishment of 3 farm produce processing centers to enhance the value chain under CRF as well as provision of grains storage facilities for small farmer clusters among others.
“We are happy to inform the good people of Bauchi State that World Bank has approved our budget proposal for the take off of ACReSAL project. As you are aware, Bauchi State is among the 19 Northern States selected to benefit from the project.
“His Excellency, Senator Bala Mohammed must be commended for his support to us to access this approval and has assisted other states too to access their approval because of his commitment in working with all the stakeholders for the commencement of the project in the benefiting states.”