Delta State Commissioner for Environment, Hon. Ejiro Tommy Jamani, has said Governor Sherriff Oborevwori’s administration was committed to his MORE agenda to develop all parts of the state.
Hon. Jamani, while, paying a familiarization visit to the Office of the Delta State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP/EIB), tasked the agency to complement the state government’s MORE agenda through the NEWMAP project in the state.
The Commissioner who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. (Mrs.) Minnie Oseji noted that there was no denying the fact that the NEWMAP project remains a critical developmental agency to the state government that calls on the staff of the agency to imbibe the spirit of teamwork and dedication to duty for the actualization of its objectives.
The Environment Commissioner said he was not unaware of the workings of the NEWMAP project, as he called on the State Project Coordinator, Mr. Benedict Nwaokocha to furnish him with a detailed report of the agency within one week to enable him to know the challenges being faced to further appropriate action with the state government.
The State Project Coordinator of NEWMAP/EIB, Mr. Benedict Nwaokocha, told the Commissioner that NEWMAP achieved the completion of Obomkpa and Ukwu-Nzu Erosion Rehabilitation Project in Aniocha North and Owanta Erosion Rehabilitation Project in Owanta, Ika North East Local Government areas under the Phase 1, of the project assisted by the World Bank.
He said the European Investment Bank in partnership with NEWMAP and the Federal Government of Nigeria will intervene in Jesse Flood Site, Ethiope West, and Ubulu-Uku Flood Site in Aniocha South Local Government Areas.
Among other success stories of the project, Mr. Nwaokocha said counterpart funding of the project by the Delta State Government was key for the partnership project with the European Investment Bank (EIB).