Nasarawa State Government says it is committed to contributing to the federal government’s efforts at restoring four million hectares of degraded land.

The commitment was made by Governor Abdullahi Sule at the Agro Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape, ACReSAL Support Mission, at the Aliyu Akwe Doma Banquet hall, Government House, Lafia the state capital.

Governor Abdullahi Sule who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe affirmed that the implementation of the support mission on the Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscape in Nasarawa is crucial, considering its importance in addressing the adverse effects of climate change which threatens the security and livelihoods of the people.

He expressed optimism that through collaborative efforts and innovative approaches as demonstrated by the ACReSal the state would have the opportunity to build resilience and ensure sustainable agricultural practice.

The governor lauded the support mission for its partnership urging participants to herness the power of technology, research and community engagement to transform the nation’s agricultural landscape and secure a better nation for citizens, just as he pledged his administration’s continuous collaboration with development partners to achieve environmental sustainability.

State Chairman of the ACReSAL Project Steering Committee and Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Kwanta Yakubu noted that the mission visit by the World Bank assisted support team will help to strengthen the state’s project implementation capacity.

National Coordinator of the ACReSAL, Abdulhamid Umar and his Nasarawa State counterpart, Dr. Napoleon Elias noted that the Federal Government project which is funded by the World Bank to the tune of seven hundred million US dollars is aimed at not only tackling environmental challenges in the nineteen northern states and the FCT, but to also address poor land use practice and adoption of best strategies towards ecological restoration.

The duo commended the Nasarawa state government for its plans to restore fifty thousand hectares of degraded land and efforts at making the state a climate resilient state for the benefit of citizens, as the programme entered into a technical session to share ideas on the best implementation strategy.

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