The Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEW MAP):
NEW MAP: Governor Masari’s Restoration Revolution – By Aminu Darma
A good leader will take his people where they want to go, but a great leader will take them to where they ought to be.
From day one of his ascendation to power, Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s vision of a brand Katsina as democratic and developmental state has been in full speed , all geared towards taking us to where we ought to be.
The Evidence is all over, the agenda for the realisation of this vision is being anchored on four pillars of Restoration, Transformation, Opportunities and Prosperity. Which he is executing daily through sheer determination and unique display of patriotism.
No gainsaying Governor Aminu Bello Masari is an achiever that cares little about blowing his own trumpet much less, flaunting his records for political applause. One of his greatest virtues is his ability to demarcate the boundaries of politics and service to the people – a virtue lacking in many people saddled with the responsibility of leadership.
To Governor Masari, executing a mandate to the satisfaction of the public is not one and the same with executing a mandate for another mandate.
While others deploys scarce public resources to create an illusion of effectiveness, Governor Masari is so selective about where he applies public resources to ensure maximum returns. The evidence is all over for discerning eyes to see and a doubting minds to decipher.
Choose any sector be it Educational, Health or Environmental and judge him with unbiased mind, am sure Governor Masari will emerged with flying colours.
Ministry of Environment is where this government is performing excellently, and it’s one of the sectors where silent revolution is taking place, with over 300 communities benefiting from the foresight of Governor Masari’s administration foresight in this sector since its inception, all in his effort to put our state on the path of greatness.
Today Katsina state under his leadership has become a reference point of excellence among the comity of states through the development-centred policies of this modern day architect of New Katsina all aimed at improving the quality of life of the citizenry. No wonder development partners are trooping to be part of this success story.
The Newly introduced NEW MAP project is a product of Masari’s commitment in fulfilling his side of the bargain when dealing with development partners. Which encourages world Bank to be fully involved in setting this programme in katsina state.
His quick and prompt approval of five hundred million naira (N500,000,000) counterpart funding is a show of great commitment and intent. Which of course triggered the approval of two million dollars ($2,000,0000) from world Bank for the take off of the NEW MAP project.
Courtesy of this foresight we are celebrating developmental projects to be executed in all the 34 local governments of Katsina state which are as follows :
1. KATSINA TOWN STORM WATER DRAINAGE AND IRRIGATION SCHEME IN KATSINA METROPOLIS
2. MALUMFASHI TOWN STORM WATER DRAINAGE AND IRRIGATION SCHEME IN MALUMFASHI.
3. FUNTUA TOWN STORM WATER DRAINAGE SCHEME IN FUNTUA
4. 50 HECTARE DEGRADED LAND RECLAMATION SCHEME AT ZANGO
5. 50 HECTARE DEGRADED LAND RECLAMATION SCHEME AT MAI’ADUA
6. CONSTRUCTION OF EROSION AND FLOOD CONTROL STRUCTURES AT 106 EROSION SITES ACROSS 34
(NEW MAP) BACKGROUND
THE Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEW MAP) is designed to support the Nigeria’s Transformation Agenda to achieve Environmental and Economic security.
THE project will address severe gully erosion problems in the short-term, reduce vulnerability to soil erosion and climate variability in the medium term, and promote long term climate resilience, and low carbon development.
NEW MAP will take an integrated Watershed management approach to erosion that will address the interlinked challenges of poverty, ecosystem services, climate change disaster risk management, biodiversity, institutional capacity and governance.