Improving the Fuel Wood Balance (FuWoBa) in Baure, Mashi, Mai Adua, Daura, Dutsi, Sandamu and Zango Local Government Areas in Katsina State serving as Lot 2 to the Energizing Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE) programme planned to close in September 2018 has received yet another extension. The aim is to further support continued improvement of the resilience and livelihood of local beneficiaries and strengthen operational institutions. It would be recalled that both the European Union (principal donor) and the National Authorizing Officer (NAO), Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning during their visit to the Project in August 2018 applauded the milestone achievements recorded and then extended the project period to January 2019.
According to the NAO, ‘the Addendum No. 3 is in respect of a 12 month no-cost extension of the Action titled: Improving the Fuel Wood Balance in seven LGAs in Katsina State, under the Farmer managed Renewable Energy Production Component of the Energizing Access to Sustainable Energy (EASE) programme’. The approval which was signed by Mrs. E. Egharevba (Director, International Cooperation) for the Honourable Minister/NAO was received by Mr. Constant Tchona, Acting Country Director, OXFAM in Nigeria.
Mr Constant expressed gladness to both the EU and NAO for appreciating the contributions of OXFAM not only in improving the resilience and livelihood of the rural beneficiaries in Katsina State but also in contributing maximally to checking desert encroachment, increasing afforestation and contributing to climate change adaptation. He spoke convincingly that his team in Katsina State will surely do more believing that the State Government will continue to give supports by adopting and replicating FuWoBa concepts in other LGAs in the State.
Report has it that the Project recorded impressive achievements as the end of its 52 months ending January 2019. Most of them include: Planting/maintenance of 5,009,152 trees representing 143.12% of 3.5m target through Farmers Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) approach; Raised over 2.7m assorted tree seedlings from seven (7) Community Nurseries established by the Project and planted a total of 2,105,338 trees representing 105.27% of 2.0m target. Overall, a total of 7,114,490 assorted trees representing 129.35% of 5.5m target trees are planted and maintained across the seven LGAs. In addition, the project conducted first survival Count exercise and confirmed 68.48% trees survival rate on 4,544,949 trees planted at the end of its 36 months period; and 88.3% survival rate with FMNR supplying about 71% during the November/December 2018 exercise. Furthermore, the GIS Mapping survey conducted in Nov./Dec 2018 observed increase vegetation distribution by 23.4% from 2015 to 2018
Moreover, a total of 377,551 beneficiaries were reached representing 137.3% of target 75% of 275,000. On production and dissemination of mud efficient cookstoves, the project had produced and disseminated a total of 46,062 and 38,631 stoves respectively representing 131.61% and 110.37% of target 35,000 stoves with 96.62% of stoves disseminated constantly in regular use. The FuWoBa ‘Dadinkowa” Stoves had met Tier II international rating; and 65% Thermal efficiency with 75% smokeless effect.
In view of the above, the European Union and the NAO felt FuWoBa Project, Lot 2 should intensify its contributions to global climate change and dryland restoration which it has shown great potentials. On his part, Dr Chris Udokang, Project Manager pledged his team’s continued positive performances while expressing gratitude on Donor’s recognition of the performances of his project team.