The Sokoto State Environment Commissioner, Alhaji Bello Sifawa, made this disclosure on Friday 26 May 2017 at a press briefing to mark the Sokoto Governor Aminu Tambuwal’s 2 years in office in Sokoto, Nigeria
The Sokoto State Government and the World Bank, have proposed Nine billion naira for the implementation of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP). The projects is all about rehabilitation and construction of earth dams in Sokoto state, namely, Lugu and Lambar Tureta earth dams,
Alhaji Bello Sifawa disclosed as follows “That the Sokoto state government had paid its counterpart fund of one billion naira, while the World Bank’s contribution of eight billion was being awaited”
“Lugu dam, established in 1953, which was destroyed by flood in 2010, would also be rehabilitated under the project. ”
“Others include the construction of a drainage gutter from Goronyo dam, for tree planting and protection activity on desertification.
”The state government has designed plans to address the challenges posed by waste management and environmental degradation.
“The state government, in collaboration with a company, has also approved N50 million for the purchase and supply of 10 new ultra-modern heavy duty motor vehicles and plants, for refuse evacuation and waste disposal,” he said.
That plans by the ministry to deploy sanitary health inspectors across the state, in collaboration with the ministry of health.
He further said that N16 billion was for the control of unnecessary outbreak of diseases among the communities.
The dam has 1,200 hectares, comprising of 3,000 of irrigable land.”
That the Sokoto state government had recently recruited 550 youths, for refuse evacuation and disposal.