By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU—THE Nigeria erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP, has spent over N11.1m in compensation of 73 Project Affected Persons, PAP, at Umuavulu-Abor erosion site in Udi local government area of Enugu state.
The compensation is part of the project’s Resettlement Action Plan, RAP, a livelihood policy aimed at bringing succour to erosion victims for their eroded farm crops, buildings and economic trees.
Project coordinator of NEWMAP in Enugu State, Mr. Vincent Obetta while handing over cheques to the affected persons at Umuavulu-Abor village square, yesterday, said that the agency will immediately move into the site to remedy the degradation.*An erosion site
Obetta said, “We are mindful of the fact that after compensation, we move into site immediately, otherwise the people will go back to the area. So, we’ll move to site immediately.”
He noted that the Umuavulu-Abor persons were so lucky to benefit from the intervention as many other vulnerable communities in the state have been yearning for same opportunity.
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Obetta urged the community to cooperate with the contractor who has been mobilized to site for the civil work, noting that the project affected persons were captured by a World Bank certified consultant.
Wife of the Governor of Enugu state, Mrs Monica Ugwuanyi who performed the ceremonial handing over of the cheques, urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the money to support their businesses and livelihood.