The Annual Review of the Improving the Fuel Wood Balance in 12 LGAs in Katsina State jointly organized by Lot 1 and Lot 2 took place at the multi-purpose hall of Liyafa Palace Hotel, Katsina on September 4, 2018 with over 500 major key stakeholders and beneficiaries in attendance.
The Katsina State Executive Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Aminu Masari (Dallatun Katsian) who hosted the representatives of the National Authorizing Officer, Hon. Minister, Federal Ministry of Budget and Planning and team leads of Lot 1 & 2 the night before, was represented at the occasion by Alh. Sani Masari, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment. Also present at the occasion were Alh. Saminu Mohammed, representative of Hon. Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Alh Mustapha Lawal, who represented the Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Environment. Prof. Mani Ahmed represented the Vice Chancellor, Umaru Musa Yar Adua University, Katsina, Katsina State. Other benefiting farmers, Local NGOs partners and CBOs members were present in their numbers.
The Deputy Country Director, OXFAM in Nigeria who was represented by Mr. Eyong Sunday, welcomed stakeholders to the 4th Year annual review and thanked all for cooperating with the Project Management Units (PMU) of both Lot 1 & 2 to deliver the milestones recorded. Goodwill messages were received from the Vice Chancellor, UMYA; the representatives of the Speaker, Katsina State House of Assembly and Commissioner of Environment, amongst others.
In his keynote address, the Executive Governor of Katsina State, His Excellency Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari, Dallatun Katsina, appreciated the European Union for the intervention especially for partnering with the State Government on controlling desert encroachment; and for training the people in various capacity building initiatives including production of improved cookstoves. The Governor added that contract has been awarded for the production of 34,000 improved and efficient cookstoves which shall be distributed to the 34 Local Government Areas in the State and solicited the cooperation of everyone in participating in regular tress planting.
Earlier on, Alh. Abubakar Kusada, who represented the Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly assured that the House will act promptly on issues relating to trees planting and control. This assurance followed the lack of enforceable laws on trees tenure management at the local level as reported by the two Lots most especially given that trees planting had received great attention by beneficiaries in the 7 LGAs. The Project Managers in their presentations, listed major milestones achieved by the project at the end of year four. The Project Manager Lot 2, Dr Chris Udokang, listed achievements to include, inter alia:
- Distribution of 14 nos. GO-WELL motor cycles was done in early part of year two.
- Planted/maintained a total of 7,114,490 trees representing 129.35% of 5.5m target value trees across seven benefiting LGAs out which 5,009,152 trees representing 143.12% of target 3.5m and 2,085,464 tree seedlings representing 104.27% of target 2.0m trees were generated and planted through FMNR Approach and Nursery approaches, respectively.
- Survival count conducted in Dec. 2017 on 4,544,949 trees planted/maintained disclosed the achievement of 69.48% trees survived across the 7 LGAs
- A total number of 55,698 representing 101.27% of target 55,000 HHs farmers reached by the project
- Cumulatively, a total of 147,355.92 ha of land representing 92.10% of 160,000ha target had been identified.
- In addition, a total of 46,062 and 38,631 stoves produced and disseminated, representing 131.61% and 110.37% of 35,000 target stoves was achieved, respectively.
- Sample tests on Stoves Usage confirmed 96.6% stoves regularly in use.
- 373,760 direct beneficiaries representing 135.91% of 275,000 total target reached through seminars, FMNR activities, meetings, workshop, etc. with women inclusive ratio of 33.25%.
- Selection of sites for 7 Community Nurseries (fully fenced and regularly in use) was accomplished in July 2015.
- Provision of 7 motorized boreholes with 2 (4,000 litres) GP tanks and one 3x3m Concrete reservoir at each Community Nursery constructed across benefiting LGAs in 2017.
- Selection and empowerment of 14 Private Nursery Owners (PNOs) with Start-Up capital worth above N8.6m achieved.
- Assisted PNOs to obtain CAC Registration Certificates for full commercial business achieved.
- Capacity building on Agroforestry, Logistics, Financial Management, Income generation & Entrepreneur, stoves production, etc were given to over 25,000 farmers and porters from 2015 – 2018.
- Various incentives comprising of 2,800 hoes, 6,800 watering cans, 7,000 (50kg) bags of 20:10:10 NPK fertilizers, 7,000 litres of agro-chemical (Cypermarthrin 10 EC Liquid insecticides); 1,200 Pressure Sprayer Machines; 700 Animal Plough machines and 7,000 Mud-efficient Clean Cookstoves distributed directly to beneficiaries
- Opening of LGA CoPs banks account with token received from incentive beneficiaries generated over N22m currently deposited with Iya Zakari and Bayajidar Micro-Finance Banks to assist continuation of Project activities after withdrawal of donor assistance.
- Produced Operational Manual which will be part of handing-over instruments at Project end.
- Five (5) stoves models designed, introduced and tested, Stoves Production Manuals developed, and 140 potters trained on stoves design and production
- 280 moulds of 5B & 5C models distributed to Multi-purpose training centers and 19 metal workers on metal cladding trained
- Quality Control and Quality Assurance for stove production set up and Value chain mapping introduced and applied
- Field Officers trained on Stoves Tracking Tools (Dockets, Sales ledgers, Tracer Forms and Warranty Cards)
- Bigger stove models to accommodate 15-30 litres’ pots size and those with tripod stand conveniently produced in commercial quantities
- Peer training for women groups conducted across the 7 LGAs
- A sample test of stoves usage conducted affirmed that 96.6% stoves regularly in use by end- users
Similarly, Dr Abdullahi Mati (Project Manager, Lot 1) summarized milestones achieved by Lot 1 to include:
- Established 10 Multi-purpose Non-Wood trees Products (NWTP) processing centers
- Improved 150 Suya meat roasters spots
- Established 356 private Nurseries owners
- Produced and disseminated about 15,000 mud stoves by 17 mass production centers
- Mobilized about 25,000 farmers out of which 8,000 farmers were trained on development of various agroforestry models
- Planted about 5.5m trees seedlings covering about 75,000 ha of farm land
- Initiated a community-based participatory and monitoring system to develop and validate legislative formalities
The Honourable Minister, Ministry of Budget and National Planning (National Authorizing Officer (NAO), represented by Mrs Adejumoke Aderije expressed delight on the achievements of the Project in Katsina State and pledged support and enjoined beneficiaries to ensure that the structures established, and milestones achieved are sustained.
In the same vein, the representative of the Ambassador of European Delegation in Nigeria and ECOWAS (Mrs Kate Kanebi) applauded the implementing team for meeting the targets of planned objectives and results and added that approval to extend the Project to 31st January, 2019 was granted. She confirmed that the extension could further be granted for another one year based on availability of fund.
The excitement shown by beneficiaries and stakeholders at the occasion offered an undisputed impression that the Project had received acceptability with keen desire for sustainability.
Visits of project sites in Rimi and Batagarawa LGAs in Lot 1 and Mashi and Sandamu LGAs in Lot 2 on September 5 and 6, 2018 concluded the year’s review. The findings at project sites in the field aptly justified the need for extension because the project had created strong impact on the life of rural farmers and beneficiaries. As remarked by one of the guests, “FuWoBa Project has responded positively to over 7 major key areas of Sustainable development Goals and should be scaled up.” This was just the summary of stakeholders’ declaration from the 2018 Annual Review Seminar.
Finally, the guests also confirmed that the Project were in good hands and could be replicated and shared around the world based on the positive impacts on climate mitigation and control of desertification.