The Agro Climatic Resilience in Semi–Arid Landscape project (ACReSAL) took a decisive step in battling climate change and land-related issues by orchestrating a pivotal town hall meeting in Kano.
Solacebase reported that the meeting, was held at the Gayawa erosion control site in Ungoggo local government area, aimed to confront the pressing challenges of watershed and climate change management.
Dr. Dahir M. Hashim, the Project Coordinator of Kano ACReSAL, emphasized that the goal was to cast a spotlight on the imminent threats posed by climate change and soil erosion while sensitizing the community about the gravity of the situation.
ACReSAL, a collaborative endeavor between the World Bank and the Nigerian federal government, has undertaken a six-year initiative to combat these issues head-on.
Alhaji Bashir Mukhtar, the Ward Head, expressed the community’s wholehearted support for the project. He underscored the project’s vital importance and pledged unwavering commitment.
However, the community’s residents revealed the harsh realities they face due to soil erosion, particularly during the rainy season. Maryam Dauda Abubakar shared the tribulations of daily life during this period and beseeched the project coordinator for help.
Another resident, Alhaji Umar Musa, pointed to sand mining as a grave contributor to the problem, causing distress for over two decades. He urgently called upon the government to intervene and curtail the hazardous sand mining activities.
The ACReSAL project’s mission is pivotal, aiming to bring transformative change to the area’s climate resilience and land management. The stakeholders’ meeting has ignited hope for better days ahead, with collaborative efforts poised to confront these pressing challenges head-on.