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Last Friday, the Minister of Environment Balarabe Abbas Lawal disclosed that the Ministry has earmarked N750million and an office space in a move towards funding for the commencement of the European Investment Bank (EIB) and NEWMAP project for tackling erosion and flood in Nigeria.

The Minister disclosed this while declaring open a 2-Day NEWMAP/EIB/ UNOPS joint mission for the disbursement of funds to the participating States.

In a statement issued on Sunday, by the Ministry’s Head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Ibrahim Haruna, the Minister reaffirmed that with the personalities in attendance, all issues delaying the commencement of EIB funding will be unbundled.

Ably Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Mahmud Adam Kambari, Lawal emphasized that the mission takes cognisance of the current rainy season window to come up with low hanging fruit activities which will usher in implementation as the Government cannot wait any longer to kick start the project with the hope of giving relief to the people that were badly affected with erosion and flood nationwide.

Earlier, The NEWMAP National Project Coordinator, Mr. Andy Ayuba Yalak, in his welcome remarks called on the participating States to adhere to the guidelines to facilitate the release of EIB funding.

Yalak encouraged the Project Coordinators to makes provisions for their Counterpart funding, office space and utility vehicles inline with EIB requirements before the disbursement of funds.

The statement recalled that this project has 23 participating States across the country.

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