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Nigeria Inks Deal for Strategic Catchment Management Plans under ACReSAL Project

By Faridat Salifu

The Nigerian government, under the ACReSAL project, has initiated a comprehensive study to develop 20 Strategic Catchment Management Plans (SCMPs) aimed at sustainable water resource management in northern Nigeria.

The signing ceremony, held in Abuja, On Monday underscores the government’s commitment to sustainable water resource management and environmental protection.

The SCMP initiative is a key element of President Bola Tinubu’s 8-Point Agenda, aimed at ensuring the sustainable utilization of the country’s water resources.

The plans will provide a comprehensive framework for managing catchment areas, which are crucial ecosystems supporting livelihoods, providing high-quality water, and sustaining biodiversity.

“Today marks a significant milestone in our collective efforts to safeguard the environment and ensure sustainable development,” said the Minister of Environment, Balarabe Abbas Lawal.

“The SCMP is designed to address challenges such as soil erosion, poor waste management, and climate change through efficient, effective, and sustainable practices.”

“The Ministry of Environment, under my leadership, has committed to improving environmental sustainability interventions. This initiative is a hallmark of President Tinubu’s dedication to restoring and protecting our ecosystems,” the minister added.

The implementation of the SCMPs, in collaboration with the Ministries of Agriculture and Water Resources, is expected to enhance sustainable agro-climatic and land management.

It is also anticipated to improve living standards in northern Nigeria, reduce poverty, promote sustainable agriculture, and protect the environment for future generations.

The minister concluded by calling on all stakeholders to work together to ensure the success of this vital initiative for the benefit of Nigeria’s people and its environment.

Chuka Offodile, Managing Director of Mecon Geology and Engineering Services Ltd, emphasized the critical role of water management in tackling desertification, deforestation, flooding, and water pollution.

The study will evaluate the geospatial relationships and socio-economic activities within each catchment to develop strategies for effective resource management.

The results which will be completed after 24 months will be made publicly available online to attract global investments and foster socio-economic development.

The project underscores the government’s commitment to environmental sustainability and improved living standards in northern Nigeria.

The integrated management plans will offer long-term strategies for the coordinated development and management of land, water, and related resources. These plans aim to resolve conflicts, conserve natural resources, and ensure equitable access to water.

The Honorable Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Adekunle Salako commended the consultant on the preliminary efforts made in identifying the 20 catchment areas which will be the focal points for the project.

He called for continuous partnership among the Ministries of Environment, Water Resources and Agriculture for the success of the ACReSAL project.

Abdulhamid Umar, the National Project Coordinator (NPC) of the ACReSAL project remarked that the SCMP is an important component under Dryland Management for the ACReSAL Project and its successful implementation will help to ensure the long-term health of our water resources, protect vulnerable ecosystems, and support sustainable development.

Umar concluded, “Today, we sign this plan, but our work is far from over. We must continue to work together to ensure its successful implementation and make a positive impact on our environment.”

“Let us commit to making a difference and creating a better future for generations to come.”

 

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