By Abigael Joshua
The Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape (ACReSAL) and the Nigeria Electrification Project (NEP) are to assist over three million beneficiaries in communities with Farmer Led Irrigation Development and Rural Electrification Strategy/Solar Power implementation plan.
Mr Abdulhamid Umar, National Project Coordinator for ACReSAL, said this in Abuja at the signing of knowledge sharing strategy arrangement meeting.
“The ACReSAL project, with the result framework seeks to deliver overall 3.4 million direct beneficiaries but ultimately by extension the entire project should be able to touch the lives of 10 million beneficiaries.
“The project aims at activities that would encourage household farmers and promote sustainable development in northern Nigeria.
“The 700 million dollars loan provided by the world bank for the ACReSAL Project implementation is meant to address challenges associated with climate change,” Umar said.
He said the project was also aimed at addressing challenges of farm lands in the arid regions with the support of NEP by sharing knowledge of Result Based Financing in the implementation of Farmer Led Irrigation Development.
Malam Abba Aliyu, Head, Project Management Unit NEP, said that the project through the knowledge sharing strategy arrangement would empower targeted communities with sustainable energy access.
Aliyu said that the implementation of the project with ACReSAL was with immediate effect and that currently the project has a time frame of one year and might be extended based on the successes recorded.
“Nigeria Electrification Project is a government project that is being funded by World Bank and African Development Bank, it is being implemented by Rural Electrification Agency,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ACReSAL is a Federal Government project financed by the World Bank. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)
Edited by Razak Owolabilk