The Kano State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (Kano-NEWMAP), a project being funded by the World Bank, Federal and Kano State Government under the State Ministry of Environment have received detailed Engineering Design and Supervision Report of four water conservation structures (earth dam) and Provision of minor irrigation facilities from Zephyrgold International Limited, an Engineering design and Consultancy firm engaged by the Kano-NEWMAP.
This was disclosed by the State Project Coordinator Alhaji Musa Shua’abu shortly after the session, which was held today, at the Mubarak Hall of the Grand Central Hotel Kano.
The Project Coordinator further stated that the four water conservation structures are going to be constructed in Mokoda, Shanono, Takai and Tofa local government areas of Kano State, with a view to bring about water conservation for domestic and agricultural utilization by members of the affected communities.
Alhaji Musa Shuaibu also said that the engineering firm have presented the detailed engineering designs and integrated watershed management plans, geo-technical and geo-physical investigation results, structural engineering analysis, detailed engineering cost estimates and Bill of Quantities (BEME) for the constructions and remediation work of the four sites.
Adding that the report also includes environmental and social assessment for the intended project.
The chairman State Steering Committee (SSC), who is also the Honourable Commissioner Kano State Ministry of Environment Dr. Ali Haruna Abubakar Makoda expressed satisfaction with the designs, and urged the State Project Management Unit (SPMU) to follow it up with the National Office of the Project and the World Bank in order to fast track the implementation of this noble project that will bring about livelihood enhancement of the people around the affected areas, through increase agricultural productions, soil and water conservations and general ecological improvements.
The Commissioner then commended the efforts always putting in place by the Kano State Project Management Unit team to ensure that they deliver to the expectations of the government and the people of Kano State.
On his part, the leader of the consultancy firm Dr. Rowland Adewunmi foud it compelling to acknowledge the support and cooperation rendered by members of the communities in the process of undertaking the assignment.
In his closing remarks, the National Project Coordinator Alhaji Salisu Dahiru, represented by the Federal Engineering Specialist Engineer Idoko, reiterated the willingness of the Federal Project Management Unit to continue hand holding the Kano-NEWMAP to ensure that it succeeded in this noble course.
Relevant stakeholders at the occasion included the Chairmen and members of the State Steering and Technical Committee Committees (SSC & STC), representatives from the Federal Project Management Unit (FPMU) comprising the National Project Coordinator represented by the National Engineering Specialist Engineer Idoko and his assistant, members of the relevant academic institutions, members of Community Associations from the affected areas, the Kano SPMU staff among others.