Nigeria’s Edo State Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) has become the World Bank’s highest performing state since the project’s launch in 2012, beating out 22 other beneficiary states for win the prize.
According to a statement, during the closing/farewell session of the NEWMAP project, the state also ranked first in two other categories, including Best in Disbursement/Engineering/Civil Works/Bio-Engineering and Best in Counterpart. Funding.
These, he said, added to second place in several other categories.
The honor was the highest won by any state among the 23 participating states in NEWMAP, the statement said.
Edo NEWMAP Project Coordinator, Dr. Tom Obaseki led the Project Monitoring Unit and other members of the management team to receive the awards at the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
“The awards ceremony, organized by the World Bank and the Federal Ministry of the Environment, aims to recognize outstanding states that, through the project, have positively transformed the lives of residents of beneficiary communities, ensuring sustainability environmental through investments in erosion and watershed management infrastructure, climate change response and project management, among others,” the statement added.
In presenting the award, Environment Minister Mohammed Abdullahi, who praised Edo State for its outstanding performance, hailed Tom Obaseki for ably leading the affairs of the project since its inception in 2012.
The minister, who was represented by his special assistant, Abdulhadi Abdullahi, noted that NEWMAP was designed in 2012 to address the devastating effects of gully erosion and other forms of land degradation in the targeted watersheds, as well as to improve the livelihoods of beneficiary communities.
On receiving the awards, Obaseki expressed his gratitude to the World Bank and the Federal Ministry of Environment for giving the Edo State Government an opportunity to improve the well-being of the people.
He commended the Governor of Edo State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, for his unwavering support for the project which served as the backbone for successful interventions across the state.
For their part, the World Bank’s NEWMAP Task Team Leader, Dr. Joy Agene, and the National Project Coordinator, Dr. Salisu Dahiru, urged the governments of beneficiary states to ensure the sustainability of the various projects in their states as the NEWMAP project draws to a close. .