In strong drive for Project sustainability and in the vision of improving the fuel-wood balance and resilience of livelihoods of rural household beneficiaries in in Mashi, Mai Adua, Dutsi, Daura, Sandamu, Zango, Baure Local Government Areas in Katsina state, the Project Management Unit (PMU) commissioned and handed over motorized borehole at Community Nursery situated at Godai village, Daura LGA on 20th September 2017.
Alhaji Lawal Abdulkadir Kaita (Head of Local Government Administration, Daura LGA) commissioned the borehole which was officially handed over by the Project Manager to Alh. Musa Umar (Magajin gari Daura) District Head of Daura for the people of Daura LGA. The two key personalities appreciated the intervention and thanked EU for supporting Agroforestry in Katsina State and extolled the Project Manager and his team for the work well done. The occasion was attended by members of the LGA Multi-Stakeholders Coordination Platform (LGA CoP) and other stakeholders within and outside the LGA.
Earlier in his welcome address, Alh Buhari Fago, (Chairman, LGA CoP) who is also the Director, Agriculture for Daura LGA thanked the EU, OXFAM and the Federal, Katsina and Daura Local Governments for approving the establishment of Community Nursery in Daura LGA. According to him, between June – September 2017, over 122,125 assorted seedlings had been distributed/planted by over 700 farmers. He confirmed that free hoes incentives were also given to farmers by the Project.
In his handing over speech, the Project Manager, Dr. Chris Udokang thanked the people of Daura LGA for their interest and participation in the project activities. He particularly thanked the Emir of Daura for his fatherly role in making the project a success and added that the community nursery borehole will among other things be very useful in the early raising of tree seedlings to farmers, increase income of farmers and contributes to the achievement of Project’s specific objectives – to plant/maintain 5.5 million trees across target LGAs.
Moved by the gesture of the donor and the impressive participation of the people of Daura in the Project, the District Head promised to personally supervise the activities of the nursery to make sure it achieves its objectives. He concluded by appealing to the Daura LG CoP members, partner CBOs/NGOs, farmers, animators, women, youths, religious and other traditional leaders not to relent in supporting the Project.
Similarly, the commissioning and handing over of boreholes in Sandamu, Baure and Mashi LGAs Community nurseries were done by the Heads of Local Government Administrations and taken over by their respective District Heads. In what looks like a unanimous comment, these personalities showed their gladness in the achievements made by the Project and solicited for replication.