His Royal Highness, the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar has call on the Katsina State Government, the European Union and other donors to replicate the EU-funded Improving the Fuel Wood Balance (FuWoBa) Project being implemented OXFAM and ICEED in 7 LGAs of Baure, Daura, Dutsi, Mashi, Maiadua, Sandamu and Zango in the other 22 Local Government Areas of the State to enable them also benefits from the afforestation and livelihood initiatives.
The Emir made this call when he received the Project Implementation team led by the Project Manager, Dr Chris Udokang during a progress updates visit to the Emir on Monday, May 15, 2017. In attendance also were staff of the Project Management Unit (PMU), Chairman and members of Daura LGA Multi-stakeholders Coordination Platform and heads of Local collaborating NGOs (Women for Peace in Nigeria, Federation for Muslim Women in Nigeria, Miyetti Allah Kataul Hore and Development Exchange Center).
The Emir commended the EU and other donor organizations for choosing Katsina State and also commended the State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari for providing the conducive environment for donors to operate. He further stated that the project has been welcomed by the people of Katsina State because of it concerned with reforestation and livelihood which are essential for human development. He acknowledged the impressive efforts made by FuWoBa implementation team and commended the Project Manager for working assiduously to deliver planned results.
Generally, the Emir remarked that where there is no forest, life will be difficult because animals, farming activities and development would be stalled and livelihood will become a major challenge. In view of the impressive milestones delivered by the Project especially on agrofoerestry, he requested for the replication of the project not only in the remaining LGAs in Katsina State but also extending to other frontline northern states like Zamfara, Jigawa, Sokoto, Yobe and Borno who may equally be yearning for similar intervention.
Earlier, the Project Manager reminded the Royal Father that the team made its initial advocacy visit to the Council on February 12, 2015 and had returned to brief him on the progress made and milestones achieved. He submitted copies of Progress Report and video documentary titled ‘Two years of the Improving Fuel Wood Balance in Katsina State’ to the Emir.
He further mentioned that the approved Logical Framework of Project is used as a Performance Assessment Tool because it specified the three expected major deliverable parameters which include: (i) Plant and/or maintain 5.5 million additional trees under adequate and sustainable agroforestry models to generate income for beneficiaries in target areas, whilst reducing fuel wood demand through dissemination and use of fire wood efficient stoves; (ii) Over 55,000 men, women, youth and pastoralist farmers in the area engaged in Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration or other agroforestry models on 160,000 ha of land, and (iii) Production and dissemination/use of 35,000 fuel efficient stoves for target area households.
Accordingly, the PM mentioned that the following milestones were achieved from inception of Project in September 2014: (i) 3,855,518 trees planted (70.10% achieved); (ii) 22,603 HHs reached (41.10% achieved) and (iii) 6,614 stoves produced (19% achieved) and 5,578 disseminated (15.94% achieved), respectively. The Project Manager also mentioned the strategies planned to realize the target results to include seedlings distribution from August, 2017 and effective production/dissemination of clean cook stoves in the benefiting LGAs.
He solicited for continued support from the traditional rulers in mobilizing their subjects to maintain trees already planted and to avail themselves during the next seedling distribution exercise.