Worried by ravaging effects of poverty and environmental degradation arising from erosion menace, the European Union (EU) has earmarked six pilot states in Nigeria for intervention.
The benefitting states would include: Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Kwara, Imo, Delta and Lagos, where a team of assessment experts drawn from a combination of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are working to confirm disaster vulnerable communities in the affected states.
The President of the Network Advancement Programme for Poverty and Disaster Risks Reduction (NAPPDRR), Hon. Al Mustapher Edoho, one of the coordinating officials for the project, said 50 countries including Nigeria have been listed in the scheme.
In an interview in Uyo yesterday, Edoho listed some of the benefitting communities in Akwa Ibom to include Ntak Inyang and Abekpi in Esit Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom; Mubi in Adamawa state; Oguta and Nekede in Imo state; Orhie Irri and Aradhe in Delta and Ilorin in Kwara.
He said the programme is aimed at complementing the States’ Development Goals (SDGs) by alleviating rural poverty through provision of essential lifeline for the disaster-prone communities.
“It’s a global social development initiative and the project helps United Nations International Strategy on Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) to review the progress towards the implementation of the Sendai, Japan’s framework on disaster reduction globally, as well as climate change”, he explained.
According to Edoho, his NAPPDRR was selected as one of the participating organisations “after a rigorous understudy of the impacts of disaster risks like flooding, erosion and environmental pollution in two communities in Akwa Ibom”.
He disclosed that the findings of the team of investigators and enumerators sent to the affected areas would be heavily deliberated upon at a comprehensive forum of all stakeholders before the commencement of implementation.
“We will interface in the course of the investigation with multi-stakeholders like civil society organisations, youths and children, persons with disabilities, women, the professionals and elderly persons and Local Government’s officials.
“At the end, we will hold a local action plan on Disaster Risks Reduction (DRR) to review the whole finds and build capacity as well as promote inclusive risks governance. Each of the risks area will be provided with a micro project to mitigate the impact of the disaster and build their resilience”, he stressed.