FPMU SUPPORT MISSION TO DTS-NEWMAP ON LIVELIHOOD AND M&E DATA VALIDATION
Through March 11th and 14th of 2020, the Federal Project Management Unit (FPMU) monitoring and evaluation embarked on this mission to DTS-NEWMAP with the objective to validate all project data since the inception. In his opening address, the DTS-NEWMAP Project Coordinator, Mr Isaac Ufiofio appreciated the FPMU team for the visit and assured them that DTS-NEWMAP is happy to work with the team to actualize the Mission’s goals and objective. The Mission lead (Mr Mukhtar Y. Tanko) who is the Monitoring and Evaluation officer of FPMU- NEWMAP intimated all 30 participants that the data validation became necessary due to the inconsistency with the data provided in 2019 which the World Bank frowned at, hence the approval to undertake the Mission to all NEWMAP States. In addition, he posited that the FPMU Support Mission is not a fault finding mission, but data reconciliation mission. After a brief session in the DTS-NEWMAP Office in Asaba, the FPMU Mission, in support of the DTS-NEWMAP SPMU and Focal NGO (Global Peace Development) set out for the community where gully remediation works are ongoing to engage the Project Affected Persons (PAPs) with respect to beneficiaries’ feedback on prior payment during the implementation of the project’s Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), and also to have first-hand knowledge of the ongoing civil works in the Midoma/Iwerebor gully erosion site of Owanta Community in Ika North East LGA. Altogether, the Mission interacted with a total of seventy (70) persons, comprising 49 males and 21 females, and documented relevant feedback from the community to support future decision making and planning related to the project.
COMMUNITY BRIEFING ON CLIMATE ADAPTATION CHANGE PROJECTOn March 19th, 2020, the DTS-NEWMAP (Natural Resource Officer, Geographic Information System Officer, Communication Officer) and DTS-NEWMAP Focal NGO were in Obomkpa and Ukwu-Nzu Communities in Aniocha North which were selected to participate in the DTS-NEWMAP Climate Adaptation Project by DTS-NEWMAP in efforts to reduce the level of poverty and increase sustainable development in the project impact areas by training local farmers on the best farming practice during the raining and dry season.. Specifically, the DTS-NEWMAP Climate Adaptation Change Project which is supported by the Ministry of Agriculture, aims to improve the community approach to farming and support them to adopt knowledge gained on environmental-friendly farming practices. Ultimately, the project would provide improved seedlings for planting, animal husbandry, and solar borehole water to support irrigation farming that would result in improved crop and livestock yield, less damage to the soil, and improved livelihoods for community households who are mostly crop farmers and livestock holders. The objective of the activity was to introduce the Climate Ad aptation Change Project to Obomkpa and Ukwu-Nzu Communities and set plans in place for its implementation. Major issues that were discussed included community ownership of the project, provision of land space for the project, security, and nomination of crop farmers and livestock holders to pilot the project in the community.