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Concern Over Vandalism of World Bank Projects in Taraba Communities



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Reports from the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL), a World Bank-assisted initiative tackling land degradation and climate change in Northern Nigeria, indicate unsettling cases of vandalism of its projects in various communities in Taraba State.

During a meeting with the new leadership of Gashaka Local Government Council in Jalingo, the State coordinator of the ACReSAL project, Joshua Samaila Dumuti, expressed his worries about the disturbing trend.

He revealed that boreholes and solar power installations in different communities have been the primary targets of vandalism across the state, with vandals taking advantage of the organization’s property in local government councils such as Bali, Jalingo, Ardokola, and Gashaka.

Joshua urged the new council leadership to take all necessary measures to protect the projects from further damage.

While commending the new leadership of Gashaka for their visit, Joshua also appreciated the area’s aesthetic appeal and pledged ACReSAL’s collaboration to restore structures and beauty that have been affected by human activities and other factors.

In response, Umar Yusuf, the chairman of the council, assured that he would engage stakeholders to ensure the protection and proper utilization of all ACReSAL projects in Gashaka.