President Tinubu Backs ACReSAL Project on Climate Resilience
By Faridat Salifu
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has expressed delight at the interventions of the World Bank funded Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project in Northern Nigeria.
The President spoke yesterday in Abuja at a Stakeholders’ Engagement forum for Federal and States’ Steering/Technical Committees of the interministerial project.
He was represented by the Minister of Environment, Mallam Balarabe Abbas Lawal, who is also the Chairman of the Steering Committee for the ACReSAL Project.
Malam Lawal reiterated Federal Government’s unwavering commitment to both the ACReSAL and Great Green Wall projects, adding that all stakeholders should align with the President’s vision.
The Minister, who emphasised the need for collaboration between Federal and State governments, called for a sustainable approach to address Nigeria’s over seven million degraded lands.
Mallam Lawal said the FG/World Bank project aims to restore one million of the degraded lands across the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In his remarks, Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, reiterated the need to restore and preserve Nigeria’s 34 million hectares of land in the face of a rapidly increasing population.
Senator Kyari advocated for the adoption of proper farming practices, based on the use of modern technology and innovative ideas, to boost agricultural outputs.
Also speaking at the occasion, Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Professor Joseph Utsev, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dame Didi Walson-Jack, called for deeper collaboration among stakeholders.
Dame Walson-Jack reinforced the importance of synergy among the participating Ministries and the World Bank team to ensure the ACReSAL project’s objectives are met.
The Stateholders’ Engagement session concluded the two-month long Technical Support Mission for the ACReSAL project across the participating States, signifying a crucial step towards the project’s successful implementation.