ENVIRONMENT

FG Releases N750m Counterpart Funding To Tackle Flooding

A flooded community

By Stephanie Odiase

The Federal Government says it has released the sum of N750 million, through the Ministry of Environment, as counterpart funding to tackle erosion and flooding in Nigeria.

The Minister of Environment Balarabe Lawal who disclosed this, stated that the ministry provided the sum and an office space as its own counterpart funding for the commencement of European Investment Bank (EIB ) and NEWMAP project for tackling erosion and flood in Nigeria.

The Minister disclosed this while declaring open a 2-day NEW MAP/EIB/ UNOPS Joint Mission for the disbursement of funds to the participating States. The project has 23 participating States across the country.

The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mahmud Kambari reaffirmed that with the personalities in attendance, all issues delaying the commencement of EIB funding will be unbundled.

The Minister emphasised that the mission takes cognizance of the current rainy season window to come up with low hanging fruit activities which will usher in implementation as the Government cannot wait any longer to kick start the project, with the hope of giving relief to people that were badly affected with erosion and flood nationwide.

Speaking earlier, the NEWMAP National Project Coordinator, Mr. Andy Yalak in his remarks called on the participating States to adhere to the guidelines to facilitate the release of EIB funding.

Yalak further encouraged the Project Coordinators to make provisions for their counterpart funding, office space and utility vehicles in line with EIB requirements before the disbursement of funds.

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