Ogun State to access World Bank’s $5m fund to control erosion
As part of efforts aimed at addressing the challenges of erosion in Ogun State, the World Bank in collaboration with the Federal Government is set to release $5 million as the take-off grant for the preparation and implementation of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in the state.
The World Bank Task Team Leader for Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, Dr Amos Abu disclosed this when he led a delegation of the bank and officials of NEWMAP on a visit to the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
“We have assessed your project team, and we discovered they are capable. We have assessed your readiness, commitment and internal control mechanisms that will ensure that the resources that the bank will be bringing to partner with you will be used for the intended purpose,” Dr. Abu said.
“We have therefore agreed that based on the quality of engagement with your team and the way they answered all our probing questions as well as the proposed work plan, we are convinced that when this money is released, it would be used for purpose.
“So we are happy to announce that we will be releasing the sum of $5 million to the State. This is against two million dollars which we normally give to State. We want to assure you that we will work with your team so that we can begin to see the transformational results that the NEWMAP is delivering.”
In reaction to the grant, the Governor assured that his administration will be accountable and transparent in managing the funds.
“We have been engaging the World Bank before I assumed office and raised this issue of NEWMAP, knowing that we were practically late and the kind of ecological challenge that we have in the State. I must appreciate the level of cooperation that allowed us to be a participant in NEWMAP,” Governor Abiodun noted.
“I want to also say that the level of commitment that you have seen from our team is not an accident; it is deliberate. It is because we have a good team – people with the right skills for the job and the fact that we all have a vision that we all keyed into and the vision is to be a focused, qualitative administration characterised by good government. Whatever we need to do to facilitate this project will be done as our government will, as usual, be accountable and transparent.”