By Our Correspondent
Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project in Kano has empowered community associations and site committees in nine project sites in the state on livelihood enhancement ,employment and skills acquisition to alleviate erosion communities from poverty and enhance their living standard. According to the State Project Coordinator,Musa Shuaibu said the two day training organized by the project was meant to support and appreciate the role of the 10 communities in the identification of erosion problems in the areas through the livelihood training and start up kits Mr Musa noted that central to the objectives of the NEWMAP project is livelihood enhancement and establishment of enduring socio-economic infrastructure to manage erosion in watershed communities saying that , the efforts of the project were already yielding fruits. Earlier speaking the consultant to the Project Prof Musa Yakasai said the training was comprehensive hand- on- practical Livelihood enhancement with a training manual and modern audio-visual techniques .He further stated that the training is segmented into different sectors and parts which include; agro forestry models, utilization of agricultural wastes for environmental protection and sustainable livelihood, crop production & food diversity ,sheep/goat & poultry production ,new products development & marketing ,fisheries and aquaculture. “In addition, we are advancing the ease of doing business in the state by making it easier for established business to scale and enabling new ones to spring up within the communities ,” Musa said. State Commissioner of Environment, Kabiru Getso urged the beneficiaries to make use of the skills and equipment to uplift their lives and that of their families. According to him, this would in turn translate to empowering families in the state and the effects would trickle down to everyone.