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Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has commended the FG and the World Bank for ongoing efforts to restore the natural vegetation of the state. Tambuwal at launch of Nigeria Erosion & Watershed Management, NEWMAP projects in the state, said it marks the beginning of the rehabilitation of the Earth Dams in the state, especially the Lugu Dam “and this is a right move towards abundant foods supplies and economic self sufficiency.”

The Governor said NEWMAP is coming to Sokoto at the right time given the need to restore and rehabilitate the Lugu Dam that serves over 3000 famers working on the farm land. Earlier the NEWMAP Task Team Leader, Dr. Amos Abu commended the commitment of the State government for putting in place a solid state Project management Team and quick release of the states’ counterpart fund.

NEWMAP project has earmarked about 6.5Billion for the restoration of the Watershed in the Lugu Dam area while the state has shown commitment of 1.33 Billion as counterpart contribution to this life saving project.

Some of NEWMAP’s projects in the state includes Rehabilitation of Lugu dam and associated wurno irrigation scheme; Control of river bank erosion and river retraining in Sabon Birin/ Yarbulutu; Channelization of runoff in Tudun Wada Sokoto metropolis; Channelization of runoff in Goronyo; Reconstruction of earth dam in Rafin-duma/ Kadassaka Gada; Reconstruction of earth dam in Ungushi kebbe; Channelization of runoff and the construction of earth dam in Tambuwal; Channelization of runoff and construction of earth dam in Durbawa Kware; Channelization of runoff and earth dam in Sifawa Bodiga and Channelization of runoff in Wamakko.