The Acting Country Director (ACD), OXFAM in Nigeria, Mr. Geert Ter Horst recently paid an official visit to the FuWoBa Project Management Unit in Katsina State and was welcomed by the Project Manager (PM), Dr Christo-Mary Udokang. The visit which afforded the ACD an opportunity to visit stakeholders and project sites established by the Project was conducted on Friday the 21st July, 2017.
In his welcome address, the PM reported that the Project had been a beneficiary of impressive stakeholders buy-in as beneficiaries in the seven (7) LGAs expensed strong support toward the success of the resilience, life transforming and environment rehabilitation project. He informed the ACD in addition to other achievements, that out of the 5.5m trees expected to be planted and maintained, the Project implementation team had achieved 3.96m trees representing 72% with 38,273 farmers’ participation representing 70% of the 55,000-set target in less than 36 months. He also mentioned that great progress had been made in the area of production and dissemination of 35,000 mud-efficient clean cook stoves meant for used within the intervening LGAs.
The ACD remarked that he read about the Project and had decided to visit to confirm the buy-in and other milestones achieved. Shortly after his speech, the Programme Officers (Mannir Gafai and Haruna Abubakar – Agroforestry and Clean Cookstoves respectively) accompanied by the Project Advisor (Clean Cook stoves – Adedamola Ogunsesan) visited selected key beneficiaries and project sites. At the end of his mission, the ACD concluded: ‘I have seen a well-designed project, with good progress on the implementation, good stakeholder buy-in, a good rationale related to the sustainability but also recognise some challenges………; thanks, and keep on doing the good work’.
Similarly, the Deputy Country Director (DCD), Constant Tchona made his maiden visit to the Project on July 24, 2017 and was welcomed by members of the Project Implementation Committee (PIC).
After the presentation titled ‘FuWoBa Project as at June 8, 2017’ by the PM, the DCD unfolded his mission and plan for the Project as he was recently appointed the direct supervisor of FuWoBa Project by OXFAM. He appreciated the progress made and assured the team of his support. The DCD also chaired the Project Steering Committee Meeting (PSC) which was attended by the representatives of the Emirs of Katsina and Daura, among others before visiting stakeholders and project sites. He concluded his mission on July 27, 2017 and remarked: ‘I now have a more rounded idea of the FUWOBA project. Progress to date on the agroforestry is impressive with close to 4 million trees of out 5.5 planted. I liked very much the natural regeneration of trees. It is a low cost high impact investment other Oxfam projects across the country can learn from. I also like the diversified approach to nurseries raising: the community and private approaches. This gives opportunity to compare and contrast the most successful approach.’
He enjoined the Project team to ‘endeavor to write a piece on the insights gained from it’ and concluded with Special thanks to the PIC and PSC that came around to educate him on the project.
The impression left behind by the two OXFAM Directors, according to the M&E Officer, Bala Usman is that FuWoBa is ‘Great’ as it aims to deliver even beyond target specific objectives by Project end.