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The Kano State Commissioner of Environment Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso has urged participants at the 3-Day Capacity Development Workshop for Extension Agents on Skills Acquisition and Sustainable Livelihood to make good use of the knowledge, skills and materials obtained.

The Kano State Commissioner of Environment Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso has urged participants at the 3-Day Capacity Development Workshop for Extension Agents on Skills Acquisition and Sustainable Livelihood to make good use of the knowledge, skills and materials obtained.

The Commissioner made the call today through the State Project Coordinator of the Kano State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project ( Kano-NEWMAP) Alhaji Musa Shuaibu during the opening ceremony of the workshop at the Green Desert Palm Hotel, F1-F2 Hajj Camp Round About, Katsina Road, in the State capital.

“What I am going to say as per as the Goodwill message, are the words of the Honourable Commissioner whom I represented at this important event” said the State Project Coordinator of Kano-NEWMAP.

Going further, “First and foremost, I will have to extend a commendation of the State Ministry of Environment to the National Commission for Normadic Education for its untiring efforts towards proving literacy and productivity skills to the extension agents that they intend to train, in such a way that this training can go down the ladder for the benefit of all normadic communities in the rural areas.”

“Secondly, is to draw the attention of participants for the fact that you are carefully selected using different techniques on which provide analysis that you were identified, to make good use of this occasion by using the opportunity to learn this skills that we know will help in transforming your life and the lives of the communities that you are representing;

We urged you to make good use of this knowledge and materials that come together with the package in such a way that people can continue to believe that Government is ever ready to support them;

We know that without the support of the Government not much can be achieved. But for the fact that Government can not do things alone, communities have to be mobilized, sensitized in such a way that they will be able to have the way to depending on themselves;

I will also like to commend the the organisation, because from the introduction, we heard that a number of important and serious dignitaries are here to show that this workshop that is intended is really supported by everybody from within and outside the commission.”

Earlier, the MC asked of the State Project Coordinator, Kano-NEWMAP Alhaji Musa Shuaibu to give brief about NEWMAP as a Project. His response;

“For the fact that the MC asked me to say few things about what I do as the PC Kano-NEWMAP, “NEWMAP” is a World Bank sponsored Project here in Kano State.

The PC further shared with participants at the occasion successes recorded as well as challenging part of the history of Kano-NEWMAP.

He highlighted on some activities that the Kano-NEWMAP does that goes along the line of promoting pastoralism throughout the country.

Alhaji Musa Shuaibu also shared with the audience the activity carried out by the Kano-NEWMAP in the year 2018 when Kano State boarded the Project, when the World Bank asked the State Project Management Unit(SPMU) to come up with small activities that will help in controlling land degradation.

“World Bank asked us to concentrate our efforts, as a second tier line of States that joined the Project to do a number of plantings around our areas with the intention of improving the environment through soil and water conservation practices”, he added.

“This gave me the opportunity to interact with pastoralists and had clear understanding that there is need for promotion of fodder tree plantings”.

Lamenting the first attempt of his Project to establish fodder plantation,which failed due to poor selection of species, Alhaji Musa Shuaibu said the project maintained momentum in its desire to succeed towards the direction, that compelled the project to sought for a guidance from some colleagues from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria;

Kano-NEWMAP maintained its ground and it is now into planting of fodder trees in the various communal forest in the State.
 
On the final note, the SPC expressed that, Kano-NEWMAP intends to do as much as possible to see that whatever will be done I promoting a wise land use practice within the Project context, will ensure that the objective set to achieve by the commission is considered.

MARYAM ABDULQADIR
Communication Officer
Kano-NEWMAP.

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