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ACReSAL Boss Hails World Bank On $700m Funding For Projects

National Project Coordinator of the Agro Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape (ACReSAL), Umar Abdulhamid, has revealed that the Project has an investment portfolio of $700million earmarked to intervene and address issues of land degradation arising from desertification and deforestation in states of Northern Nigeria.

The ACReSAL National Project Coordinator also highlighted the World Bank’s role as the primary investor, which includes channeling funds and loans into the initiative, pointing out that the Federal Government of Nigeria serves as the principal guarantor.

He said the project, which has a six-year lifespan has impacted positively on benefitting states in the area of landscape restoration.

Abdulhamid, made the submissions, in his welcome address at an event organised by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Water Resources, in collaboration with the World Bank, for the presentation of operational vehicles to implementing MDAs for the ACReSAL project for proper and adequate monitoring.

He said: “The project is a six-year lifespan project that just started a year ago. Our team has started the actual implementation. Restoration of landscapes has started immensely. At the last count, we have actually been able to restore over 2,000 degraded landscapes.

“We have over 96,529 beneficiaries directly and the list is ongoing. Our expectation is that by mid-term review, we would have been able to deliver more than 60% of the goals and achievements at the land and ecosystem restoration level and the beneficiaries in total.”

The ACReSAL boss, commended the World Bank for its sponsorship of the project in the affected states, saying it is being implemented through community-driven projects.

Abdulhamid said the financial resources provided by the World Bank have been earmarked to combat the pressing challenges presented by climate change in the benefiting states.

The ACReSAL boss said: “The primary objective of the ACRESAL project is to rejuvenate and restore one million acres of landscape for community-driven projects. Presently, ACRESAL has established a formidable presence in over 12 northern states.

“The terms of reference for these states have undergone meticulous review to expedite implementation. Notably, states such as Jigawa, Yobe, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto, and Borno, currently grappling with the encroachment of the Sahara Desert, have been the focus of proactive intervention efforts.

By Faridat Salifu

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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