His Excellency, Right Honorable Aminu Bello Masari (Dallatun Katsina), Executive Governor of Katsina State expressed delight on the successes and milestones achievements recorded by the EU-Funded Improving the Fuel Wood Balance in Baure, Dutsi, Daura, Mashi, Mai Adua, Sandamu and Zango LGAs in Katsina State (LOT 2) during a progress update visit by the Project Implementation Committee (PIC) in the Government House on April 24, 2018.
The Governor appreciated the Project lead for working quietly and assiduously with 369,531 beneficiaries in planting and maintaining 6,441,068 trees within three and half years of the Project in the State. According to him, the Project has shown remarkable successes that should be maintained, sustained and replicated in other LGAs within and outside the State. He observed that the State is considering the establishment of private Grazing reserves where improved grasses would be grown for cattle owners. He however requested the project to continue sensitization of rural communities on the consequences of indiscriminate cutting of trees asserting further that conscience not law will assist in such situations.
Earlier on, the Project Manager and Team Leader, Dr Chris Udokang thanked the Governor, the Emirs and the people of benefiting LGAs for supporting the team to achieve the targeted results confirming that apart from the development and adoption of functional local Bye-Laws in the seven LGAs, other results have been duly delivered by his hardworking team, even before official project end on September 2018.
According to him, out of the 275,000 target direct beneficiaries, over 369,000 representing 93.58% have been reached while 6,441,068 trees have been planted and maintained out of 5.5m target value. In addition, 43,066 and 35,744 stoves have been produced and disseminated respectively within the benefiting LGAs confirming achievement of over 100% on target 35,000 stoves.
The Project Manager further acknowledged with appreciation that the Project had received impressive support and buy-in indicating without ambiguity that the Project is an impact-filled, community-based and demand driven model that should be scaled up not only in Katsina State but also in other comparative States in the Sahel. Further achievements are summarized in the address presented by the PM, read.
AN ADDRESS PRESENTED TO HIS EXCELLENCY, THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR OF KATSINA STATE, RIGHT HONOURABLE ALHAJI AMINU BELLO MASARI – DALLATUN KATSINA – DURING A VISIT TO UPDATE ON PROGRESS OF EU-FUNDED IMPROVING THE FUEL WOOD BALANCE PROJECT (LOT 2) IN 7 LGAs IN KATSINA STATE ON APRIL 24, 2018
We are grateful for this opportunity given to update you and the Executive Council on the progress of Improving the Fuel Wood Balance (FuWoBa) Project, Lot 2 in Katsina State. This is like our ‘third missionary journey’.
By providence, our first visit was on May 24, 2015. During that visit, we requested for your fatherly support and cooperation toward achieving the objectives of the project. At exactly 12.36pm, you confirmed your support and further directed the Project Manager to contact you whenever there is need.
On March 15, 2016 during our second visit, you further confirmed your support by 3.18pm … ‘I love your project, I am watching you’.
This third visit is to brief you on the milestones recorded by the Project in its 3 years and 7 months activities in the State as it is working toward closure by the end of this year, barring any extension.
Your Excellency, we wish to put on record that the Project had received impressive support from collaborating Local NGOs (Federation of Muslim Women in Nigeria (FOMWAN), Women for Peace in Nigeria (WOPIN), Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore and Development Exchange Center (DEC); and Ministries of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Justice, Environment and Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, the Emirs of Katsina and Daura and their District Heads, and the Heads of Local Government Council Administration including members of Project’s established 7 LGA Multi-Stakeholders Coordination Platforms and the good people of Baure, Daura, Mashi, Mai Adua, Dutsi, Sandamu and Zango LGAs. Two Micro-Finance banks – Bayajidda and Iya Zakari are also collaborating with the project in Micro funds management.
JOURNEY SO FAR
As mentioned in our earlier visits, the Project was designed to achieve seven (7) results to be evaluated through delivery of three (3) Specific Objectives. These are summarized below:
- Additional 5.5m trees planted/maintained growing under adequate and sustainable management in the area
- A total of 6,441,068 representing 117.11% of target value trees planted/maintained across the seven LGAs
- Of the above figure, a total of 4,994,683 trees were generated through Farmer managed regeneration activities while 1,446,385 tree seedlings were planted through Nursery approach
- Our 2018 Nursery activities have commenced in the seven Community Nurseries established by the Project with a target of 840,000 assorted tree seedlings.
- In December 2017, a survival count conducted on 4,544,949 trees achieved at the end of that month confirmed average trees survival rate of 69.48%, taking the 7 LGAs together
- In 2015, 14 Private Nursery Owners were supported with over N8.6m Start-up capital and were assisted to obtain Corporate Affairs Corporate (CAC) Certificates to enable them grow their businesses independently.
- The project had successfully drilled 7 motorized boreholes with 2 (4,000 litres) GP tanks and had constructed one 3x3m Concrete reservoir at each Community Nursery across the 7 LGAs.
- 2,800 hoes, 2,800 watering cans, 7,000 (50kg) bags of 20:10:10 NPK fertilizers, and 7,000 litres of agro-chemical (Cypermarthrin 10EC Liquid insecticides) were given as free incentives to farmers who participated in trees planting. The incentive of fertilizer and agro-chemical were given to assist dry season/irrigation farmers to increase crops yield while maintaining trees in their farms.
- Over 55,000 men, women, youth and pastoralist farmers (resulting in 275,000 direct beneficiaries) in the area engaged in Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration or other agroforestry models on 160,000 ha of land
- 51,469 representing 93.58% of target HHs farmers reached by the project from inception
- 369,531 direct beneficiaries representing 134.37% of 275,000 target beneficiaries reached through seminars, FMNR activities, meetings, workshop, etc. These exclude those who listened to project activities on radio and TVs, and others who read from print media
- On ha of land, cumulatively, a total of 133,304.12ha of land representing 83.31% of 160,000ha target had been identified.
- Produce and disseminate 35,000 mud-efficient clean cookstoves to target area households with 96% regularly in use
- Seven (7) Multi-purpose training/stoves production centres established across the 7 benefiting LGAs
- 43,066 stoves representing 123.04% of target stoves produced
- 35,744 stoves representing 102.12% of 35,000 target stoves disseminated with sample test confirming 96.6% stoves regularly in use by end-users.
- Above figure includes 7,000 stoves given out as free incentives to farmers
- The subsidy scheme put in place by the Clean Cookstove Component became operational in 2016 with N52.5million already disbursed to beneficiaries as at date.
Four (4) out of the seven results have been achieved already while two are over 90% complete. But there is a problem with one – Availability of conducive
tree tenure regulations in the target area.
The Project in 2015 trained 700 CBO members on development of local Bye-laws. The interest was high but stalled for dearth legislative structure at the LG Council levels.
Recalled from our last visit, we requested the Executive Council to sponsor an Executive Bill on trees regulation to put a structure for trees protection in the State. We hereby revisit the request as we can confirm that till date, cases of cattle browsing on trees preserved by farmers persist. Also, indiscriminate cutting of trees has been a recurring issue particularly in the communities close to Niger republic. Most of the trees planted by the project were seriously affected within the years.
There is urgent need for Government intervention considering the intensive effect of desert encroachment and climate change.
FuWoBa PROJECT LOT 2 – A LEARNING MODEL
Based on the milestones achieved and posted on our Website, we are glad to inform you that over 9 international groups and organizations have visited our office and project sites to understudy our models for leaning purposes. Consequently, and very soon, the State may play host to several organizations who might be interested in sustaining FMNR activities with a view of beating famine. We recommend that you welcome them because if efforts are geared in promoting the laudable initiatives we have started, greening Katsina State will become overwhelmingly visible.
It has been very eventful to note that the vision and concept of the project – Improving the Fuel Wood balance and the resilience of livelihood have been openly welcomed by the people because it has touched their lives directly and positively. OXFAM and ICEED are glad to have implemented the project with such overwhelming and impressive support from stakeholders. FuWoBa project concept should therefore be maintained, sustained and replicated in other LGAs.
On behalf of the principal donor, the EU and the National Authorizing Officer (NAO) we are pleased to acknowledge that the milestones achieved by the project would not have been possible without your support. On this note, we say a big thank to you.
Mungode, Mai Girma.
Great FuWoBa. Great.