Bauchi set to implement World Bank’s ACReSAL project to address environmental challenges

Samuel Luka, Bauchi

With a view to addressing environmental challenges and improve livelihood of the citizens, Bauchi State government is set to commence the implementation of Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), a World Bank supported project in the state.

Coordinator of the project in the state, Dr Kabir Ibrahim who made this known on Tuesday, assured that the state government has made adequate arrangements for the full implementation of the project.

Dr Kabir Ibrahim while speaking during a meeting with steering/ technical committee members of the project held at the State Project Management Unit in Bauchi thanked Governor Bala Mohammed of the state for his outstanding support to the implementation unit of the project.

Dr. Kabir who is also the Director-General of the State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) said the support of the Governor has made it possible for the state to be in the forefront of benefiting from the project.

According to him, the ACReSAL project which is a 6-year strategic project prioritizing actions within four components, includes Dry land Management, Community Climate Resilience, Institutional Strengthening the project Management and Contingent Emergency Response.

The BASEPA DG while expressing delight over the meeting, said they have succeeded in making significant achievements in action plan development towards implementing the project in partnership with the World Bank which carrying out similar project in 19 northern states.

He said, at implementation unit, they will ensure effective and judicious utilization of all the funds for the benefit of the state and its people.

On his part, the State Commissioner for Environment who doubles as the chairman of the steering committee, Hamisu Mu’azu Shira, described the project as a welcome development to the state, hence the need for the steering committee to engaged all the critical stakeholders to achieve the desired objectives.

He said that the state government will continue to support the project to ensure that it is implemented.

Shira urged the committees to do their best to ensure that the state government succeeded in the implementation of the project.

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