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The World Bank has released $500 million as intervention fund for five environmental and gully erosion sites projects in Cross River, South-South Nigeria.
The Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank and Team Leader, Nigerian Environmental and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP), Dr Amos Abu, said on Friday that the fund had been released for the implementation of the projects.
Abu said as practiced in other countries including China, the project also included the introduction of irrigation as intervention to improve the lives of people and create jobs.
He said that bank had intervened in similar programmes in Edo, Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Delta and Ebonyi states.
Abu commended Cross River for introducing an internal mechanism to check the menace of erosion pointing out that the project team was prepared to partner Cross River State to tackle its erosion problems and lauded the state for setting aside N4.2billion from its budget for erosion control.
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