By Mashe Umaru Gwamna Abuja
The World Bank said it is supporting Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project(NEWMAP) and FADAMA programme with South South Knowledge Exchange (SSKE).
The National Coordinator Nigeria Erosion & Watershed Management Project, Salisu Mohammed ,made the disclosure recently in Beijing ,China when he led a Task Team Leader of FADAMA III AF Adetunji Oredipe on a special technical project operations delegation to the World Bank in Beijing as part of the ongoing cooperation of the South-South Learning and Knowledge sharing for Watershed Management, Infrastructure and Agriculture between China, India and Nigeria.
Mohammed said the World Bank task teams secured financing from the China-World Bank Group Trust Fund of USD 433,000 to enhance South-South Learning and Knowledge (SSKE) sharing for Watershed Management, Infrastructure and Agriculture between China, India and Nigeria.
Salisu Dahiru, National Coordinator NEWMAP acknowledged that the SSKE Knowledge sharing and Transfer “has conveniently piloted the two projects towards common grounds and cooperation and will further boost the activities of the projects, and improve the technical approach to watershed management.” He acknowledged that the principle behind the SSKE will support accelerated and sustainable development in the area of smart Agriculture, water conservation and environmental management as well.
According to Dr. Adetunji Oredipe, SSKE has further enhanced the cooperation and collaboration of the two projects (NEWMAP and FADAMA) and all accrued benefits derivable via knowledge transfer and experiences of like Projects in China and India will surely impact positively on the various critical project beneficiaries.
Dr. Oredipe said SSKE was for infrastructure between China India and Nigeria a a veritable technical platform to enhance Technology support , training, exchange learning and information dissemination between China, India and Nigeria in the following thematic areas: Like Water Management and Gully Restoration;b.Climate Smart Agriculture; Managing Surface Run-off in Urban areas;Application of Geo-Spatial and Technologies for Erosion Control Watershed Planning and Management.
The According to the SSKE Coordinator , Dr. Joy Agene the activity of the SSKE “would benefit the outcomes of NEWMAP, the Neeranchal National Watershed Project in India and FADAMA Project in Nigeria in terms of information and knowledge that would be shared among the participating countries of China, India and Nigeria.”
Earlier, the SSKE Coordinator , Dr. Joy Agene said the activity of the SSKE “would benefit the outcomes of NEWMAP, the Neeranchal National Watershed Project in India and FADAMA Project in Nigeria in terms of information and knowledge that would be shared among the participating countries of China, India and Nigeria.”
Speaking in Beijing on the SSKE between China, India and Nigeria, Mr. Harold Bedoya World Bank country Director, China said the World bank secured the trust fund to further support the two projects of FADAMA and NEWMAP, which are not only the two biggest Projects of the world Bank in Nigeria, but also two performing Projects and initiatives of the Nigerian government with great positive impacts on the people.