Zamfara earmarks N1.3bn for erosion control projects
By Faridat Salifu
The Zamfara State Government has earmarked N1.3 billion in the 2024 fiscal year for gully erosion control projects in seven major areas across the state.
The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mahmud Muhammad, stated this recently after defending the ministry’s budget before the Zamfara House of Assembly Committee on Appropriation.
Gov. Dauda Lawal recently presented N423.5 billion 2024 Appropriation Bill to the House for approval.
Muhammad said the state government set aside about N20 billion in the 2024 estimate for viable environmental protection, sanitation, deforestation projects, among others.
He said the government would procure 12,000 modern stoves for distribution to vulnerable households under the Dauda Lawal’s Climate Action Plan Policy.
“The project will also reduce carbon emissions and attraction of carbon credit for the state as well as curb deforestation and environmental pollution.
“This will be a great impacts to the state as it will reduce various health challenges of using fire wood resulting to smoke that have pose danger to human health,” he said.
He further said that more vehicles and sanitation equipment would be procured to ensure clean environment.