By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State Government has said that it is taking far reaching measures to stem the tides against annual erosion and land degradation in parts of the state.
The state has opened bids by specialized companies in erosion control, stabilization, management and prevention projects.
A large acres of land in Kontagora area at Rafin Gora, Gurusu in Shiroro and Kotonkoro areas in Agaie have been degraded as gully erosion continually wash away arable land, farmlands and green fields as erosion creeps into habitable areas.
The state Watershed Management Project has in the last four years intervened by planting orchards as stopgap in affected communities in the three council areas.
Four companies are believed to have indicated interest to be engaged by the state from where a preferred bidder would be picked and engaged for the intervention stopgap projects.
The Nigerian Watershed Management Project is a World Bank assisted project for states particularly in the eastern parts of Nigeria who are persistently ravaged by erosion menace.
In 2016, Niger government leveraged on the World Bank assisted project to avail itself of the benefits of the bank’s intervention in erosion control, stabilization and management to checkmate the encroaching gully erosion threats in parts of the state.
The state office of the Watershed Management Project established in 2016, is saddled with the responsibility of tackling all erosion and land degradation related issues across the state.
The Rafin Gora area of Kontagora is faced with severe land erosion challenges and the state is now set to tackle the problem.
The Coordinator of the state’s Watersheds Management Project, Usman Garba Ibeto said the agency had previously handled over one hundred and eighty cases of land degradation related challenges in parts of the state including the equally notorious Kotonkoro gully erosion site in Agaie, Rijau erosion site, Gurusu land degradation and other places.
In the afore mentioned places, the state’s Water shade Management Project had established orchards as stopgap measures against the erosion menaces.
Usman Garba Ibeto spoke at the opening of the bids for companies for the stabilization of the Rafin Gora emergency gully erosion site.
He assured communities faced with such land degradation challenges of the state government’s determination to end the menace. ==//==