The Plateau Government has released N100m to the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project for the reclamation of gully sites in the state. The Commissioner for Environment and Solid Mineral Development, Malam Abdullahi Abbas, on Wednesday, explained that NEWMAP would reclaim the gully sites by using the GRASS approach (Gully Rapid Action Step and Slop Stabilization). According to him, this is a form of bio-remediation.
NEWMAP is an initiative of the Federal Government and funded by the World Bank. States in which NEWMAP is executing projects are expected to contribute counterpart funds. He said that sites identified for intervention were located in the northern, southern and central parts of the state.
The commissioner said that the reclamation of the gully sites in the state would provide land mass for the people and would also put an end to the health threat posed by the gully sites due to the mining residues left on such sites.
He added that such residues which washed into water bodies used for irrigation farming were detrimental to human health if ingested. Abbas also said the agency was saddled with the responsibility of providing damage control to slow down the expansion of targeted set of gullies thereby reducing infrastructure damage.
BEN TV Lagos