By G9ija

The Katsina State Government and the World Bank’s sponsored Nigerian Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) are jointly partnering to construct about seven kilometers drainages and culverts in Jibia Local Government Area of the state to control flood in the area.

The governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who made the above disclosure while inspecting the World Bank-funded project in Jibia, expressed satisfaction at the level of work being executed at the site.

He said, “So far, what we have seen is impressive, we met with the consultant and insisted that he must ensure that the standard of the World Bank, which is international, is strictly followed, and we made it clear to the contractors that money will only be paid if the work is properly executed.

“Two years ago, there were heavy floods in Jibia that left about 50 people dead, 20 others missing, several herds of animals and farmlands washed away, and property destroyed. Many people also lost their means of livelihood to the floods.”

Also speaking, the Project Coordinator of NEWMAP in Katsina, Alhaji Ashiru Muhammad explained that the project entails the construction of small culverts and drainages with deep trenches that could channel heavy rains into water tributaries around the Jibia Irrigation Scheme.

He said the project was aimed at bringing an end to flooding in Jibia town and environs.

Meanwhile the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has reclaimed over 100 hectares of lands encroached by deserts in Maiadua and Zango Local Government Areas of Katsina State.

The Coordinator of NEWMAP in Katsina state, Engineer Hashiru Mohammed told newsmen  in Maiadua during a project inspection tour that the lands which have now been cultivated with an expansive orchards with economic  trees, was reclaimed at the cost of more than N1 billion in the two local government areas, costing N500m each, by NEWMAP.

Mohammed further disclosed that the plot of the land located in Zango Local Government Area, was reclaimed with an orchard plantation solely for Gum Arabic.