ACReSAL project: Mahmoud lauds World Bank for disbursing $2m to FCT

Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Mariya Mahmoud, has commended World Bank for disbursing $2 million to the FCT.
The fund which is for the implementation of the World Bank-supported Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project in the territory.
Mahmoud gave the commendation when the World Bank ACReSAL project Task Team Lead, Dr Joy Agene, visited her in Abuja on Friday.
She said that the partnership with the World Bank would foster environmental sustainability and agricultural prosperity for residents of the FCT under the ACReSAL project.
The junior minister said that the project aligns with the “Renewed Hope” agenda of President Bola Tinubu, particularly in addressing environmental degradation and the impact of climate change.
The minister also stated that Abuja, as Nigeria’s capital city in the past 48 years, had lost its tree covers and land degradation due to physical development projects.
According to her, part of the goals of the ACReSAL project is to restore the lost trees through afforestation and other climate change adaptation activities.
“We will do all that is possible for ACReSAL project to be sustained, maintained, and achieved by God’s grace.
“We will try and provide all that is necessary from our own side. All the requirements necessary to take FCT to the next level will be done to access the 10 million dollars.”
Earlier, Agene said that the visit was to brief the minister on the performance of the project so far in the FCT.
Agene added that the visit was also to thank the minister for her support and solicit for more support to ensure the success of the project in FCT.