Laurentia Mallam said this in Abuja at the official launch of the project.
Mallam said the government was committed to save the region from gully erosion.
She said: “I want to call on all Nigerians to support this project.
We should not play politics with it.
What is happening in the Southeast is a pathetic story.
Those of you who have not gone there will not understand.
Those who stay there and those who travel there know what
“The people do not have sufficient land to do their farming, carry out their economic activities properly because of land degradation and erosion.
I want to call on the commissioners to be sincere with this project.
We should not allow this project to fail.”
The national coordinator of NEWMAP, Chikelu Nwune said the project would be funded through an eight year Strategic Investment Loan consisting of $500 million International Development Association, IDA, $8.59 million Special Climate Change Fund, SCCF, as well as
Global Environment Facility, GEF, grant.
Nwune noted that the federal government as well as states is expected to provide counterpart funds to support the project.
He said: “The credit is $500 million dollars which is the International Development Association money.
And we also have an associated grant of $8.59 million and this is coming from Special
Climate Fund as well as Global Environment Facility, GEF, grant.
“We expect contributions from government.
By government we mean the federal and participating states governments are expected to contribute within eight years of the project $150 million.
“That is the financial arrangement for now.
We expect that as we make good progress that money is going to flow in especially grants from international development agencies.
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