The Anambra State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) today commenced the distribution of seedlings and energy-saving bulbs to some communities in the state. The Project Coordinator, Michael Ivenso while presenting the items to the Abagana community in Njikokka L.G.A disclosed that about 27,000 units of energy-saving bulbs has been procured by the project for distribution across erosion communities in the State. According to Ivenso,  “the energy-saving bulbs uses significantly less power to produce the same luminous capacity compared to traditional bulbs thereby reducing greenhouse emissions which is a crucial element in the fight against global warming and climate change impact”. The Project Coordinator who was represented by the Communication Officer of the Project, Mr. Emeka Achebe announced that about 34 various communities in the State will benefit from the donation stating that this is in line with Governor Obiano’s vison for creating a climate resilient State, one community at a time.  

Speaking on the Seedlings, the Natural Resources Specialist, Mr. Emenike Ajulufo explained that they are made up of some socio-economic trees of local species which were carefully chosen to help regenerate forest and green environment around erosion-prone communities in the State. According to Mr. Ajulufo, “Deep roots of these trees hold the soil to make them erosion-resistant, their branches provide cover and carbon sink for humans and the environment”. He explained that the Farm seedlings will provide livelihood restoration for vulnerable population in the effort the create food security. He further disclosed that when combined, the 2-pronged approach of economic tree planting and farm seedling will prevent formation of gullies and improve livelihood support for ndi Anambra.

Receiving the items on behalf of the community, the Traditional Ruler of Abagana, His Royal Highness Igwe Mbamali Okeke commended the State Government for the kind gesture noting that NEWMAP has really been rolling out different innovative measures in erosion control, also speaking, the Community Association Chairman, Sir. Godfrey Nzeakor expressed the community’s gratitude to NEWMAP pointing out that the seedlings will go along way in stabilizing their erosion prone community while assuring of an equitable distribution of the items.

The distribution of the seedlings and energy-saving bulbs which commenced today is being held simultaneously by the NEWMAP officials across various communities of the state

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