From Lawal Sa’idu Funtua, Katsina
Katsina State Government, under the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, is constructing about seven kilometers of drainages and culverts in Jibia Local Government Area of the state which has witnessed perennial flooding in the past.
While inspecting the World Bank-funded project in Jibia, Governor Aminu Bello Masari express satisfaction that the project was being executed according to specification.
He said “so far what we have seen is impressive, we met with the consultant and insisted that he must must ensure that the standard of the World Bank, which is an international standard, is strictly followed, and we made it clear to the contractors that that money will only be paid if the work is properly executed”.
The governor recalled that “two years ago there was heavy floods in Jibia that left about 50 people dead, 20 others missing, several herds of animals and farmlands washed away, and property destroyed, many people also lost their means of livelihood to the floods.
“That disaster informed our decision to provide drainages and culverts in Jibia to effectively avert the floods”.
While briefing the inspection team, the Project Coordinator of NEWMAP in Katsina, Alhaji Ashiru Muhammad explained that the project entails the construction of small culverts and drainages with deep trenches that could channel heavy rains into water tributaries around the Jibia Irrigation Scheme.
He noted that the project, which will be completed in the first phase of NEWMAP intervention, was aimed at bringing an end to perennial flooding in Jibia town and environs.