707 Community-Based organization members and Animators trained on Project sustainability

As part of the concerted effort to ensure that trees regeneration, afforestation and regreening the Sahel region are sustained by benefiting farmers and stakeholders following the impressive intervention and milestones delivered by the EU-Funded-Oxfam implemented Improving the Fuel Wood Balance (FuWoBa) in 7 LGAs in Katsina State for the past four years, over 700 members of Community-based Organizations (CBOs) and animators have been trained to maintain the status quo.
Alhaji Usman Ahmed (Chairman of Sandamu LGA Multi-Stakeholders Coordination Platform – CoPs) in welcoming trainees and PMU team to Sandamu LGA on July 27, 2018, asserted that FuWoBa Project had done a lot of which beneficiaries in the area should emulate and replicate. In support of the gesture, he confirmed that the people of Sandamu have already started to maintain nurseries and are raising seedlings which they share with willing farmers for just a token. He acknowledged that the European Union, OXFAM and its implementing unit have generously supported and improved the living standard of the people and prayed Allah to bless them. After the special prayer offered to Project Manager (Dr Chris Udokang) and his team, Alhaji Ahmed concluded by euroizing Dr Chris as ‘the PM with extra-ordinary transparency and skills, and a manager with difference’.
Earlier in his remark, the Dr Chris Udokang encouraged beneficiaries to keep the vision of the Project and take the training as a golden gift given to them by the European Union. In addition, he appreciated OXFAM for engaging him to implement the Project and thanked the beneficiaries for the wonderful support received. As a result of sustaining the project to improve resilience and livelihood of the people, he informed all that the thematic topics of the training which include: (i) Consolidating and Sustaining FMNR activities in the Sahel, ii) Creation of employment opportunities through agroforestry/FWR management systems, iii) Awareness for Expansion and production of moringa and neem oil and NTFPs for sustainable income generation, and iv) Income generation – management and utilization, were carefully packaged to support and prepare beneficiaries for the task ahead.
The encomium accorded to the donor, implementing organizations and the PMU in Daura, Mashi, Dutsi, Mai Adua, Baure and Zango LGAs had no limit as many who benefited in the incentives distributed earlier by the Project rained lots of appreciation to the project management. They requested that the project should be extended to other LGAs in Katsina State and if possible, replicated in other States in the 9 Northern States in the Sahel region.

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