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AfDB signs €362,000 grant for managing water resources in the Komadugu-Yobe Basin in northern Nigeria.

The Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Basin-Trust Fund and the African Development Bank ( have agreed to a grant agreement worth €362,000 for the preparation of additional studies as part of the second stage of creating a strategic plan for managing water resources in the Komadugu-Yobe Basin in northern Nigeria.

With regard to the Challawa Gorge Dam Watershed Management Project, the grant will specifically help with the creation of a Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), a stakeholder engagement plan, a grievance redress mechanism, and stakeholder consultations involving riparian communities and the Lake Chad Basin Commission, which is made up of Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, and the Niger Republic. The project’s implementation will take eight months.

The project will be carried out by the Hadejia-Jama’are-Komadugu-Yobe Basin Trust Fund. The six states of Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Kano, Plateau, and Yobe, in addition to the Federal Government of Nigeria, jointly support the Trust Fund.

Lamin Barrow, Director General of the Nigeria Country Department of the African Development Bank, emphasized the significance of the scheme by adding that it will provide the local population with long-term water security.

Barrow emphasized that the Komadugu Yobe Multi-Purpose Water Resources Development Program will promote socioeconomic advancement, improved standard of living, and environmental sustainability.

Dr. Hassan Bdliya, executive secretary of the Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Trust Fund, praised the Bank for continuing to assist the sustainable management of water resources in the Komadugu-Yobe Basin.

Dr. Bdliya stated: “We are quite appreciative of the African Development Bank’s assistance. Since 2016, the Bank has been assisting us. The Bank’s assistance has had a huge impact. The Komadugu-Yobe Basin’s residents will benefit from the implementation of this project. To ensure the studies are finished on schedule, the Hadejia Jama’are Komadugu Yobe Trust Fund will actively collaborate with all parties.

Because to the enormous long-term advantages it would provide to the people of six riparian States in Northern Nigeria, the Federal Government has made the Komadugu Yobe Multi-Purpose Water Resources Development investment program a top priority. Also, it supports the nation’s development goals, such as Vision 2050 and the Medium-Term National Development Plan (2021-2025).

The Hadejia-Jama’are-Komadugu-Yobe Basin Trust Fund, established in 2006, is a cutting-edge platform for cooperative intervention by the riparian states, with the support of the Federal Government, in order to strengthen line agencies’ ability to address the land and water resources issues in the Komadugu Yobe Basin.

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