Kano government approves N500M counterpart fund for climate project | The Guardian Nigeria News
The Kano State Government has approved a counterpart fund of N500 million to implement a six-year World Bank-supported Agro Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project.
Information Commissioner Muhammad Garba made the announcement while briefing journalists on the outcome of the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting.
Garba said the project focused on encouraging the adoption of landscape management practices for climate resilience and improving livelihoods in targeted arid and semi-arid watersheds in northern Nigeria.
According to him, the project will consolidate the achievements made in the state under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP).
The commissioner said the council also approved a MoU between the Kano government and the Medina Academy in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the training of 5,000 physical educators in Medina.
“The state government will be responsible for providing return air tickets, visas and training allowances for the first group of 50 teachers who will attend intensive training in Medina before Ramadan,” he said.
Garba said the council approved the release of N94.9 million to facilitate the settlement of rental deals and garages in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for 2020 and 2021.
He said the council also approved a contract for the completion of the duplication of a five-kilometer road in the Tofa local government area.
Other approvals included the release of funds for health worker training and a stamp duty and education support fund refund.
He added that the council approved the renewal of internet service and annual maintenance of ICT equipment and deployment of Hospital Management Information System (HMIS) software at Abdullahi Wase Teaching Hospital.
The remainder was the hiring of consultants to oversee the proposed Kano State Fiber Optics Network project and the procurement of firefighting vehicles.
“Maintenance of 12 selected city roads, contract for management and maintenance of street lighting, fountain and landscape area of Dangi Interchange and purchase of 350 kVA MIKANO generator.
The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that the World Bank approved a $700 million loan from the International Development Association for the ACReSAL project in 2021.
The project will advance the implementation of sustainable landscape management practices in northern Nigeria and strengthen the country’s long-term framework for integrated climate-resilient landscape management.