Director General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW), Mr. Goni Ahmed, has said that Great Green Wall was on course to eradicating poverty in 11 states in the North considered to be on the frontline.
Speaking in Kano recently at a training workshop for community associations within the GGW corridors, Ahmed said the rural areas would be the major focus of the poverty eradication scheme, adding that with the endemic nature of the scourge such intervention had become necessary.
He said desertification was a serious environmental problem threatening development endeavours that touched all facets of livelihood in the nation’s semi-arid zone, adding that the phenomenon was identified as one of the major constraints affecting the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
He said the World Bank had estimated that over N105 billion was lost annually through deforestation, desertification and drought, adding that approximately 31 percent of “Nigeria’s population wallows in extreme poverty with an income of less than N200 per day.
He said the National Agency for the Great Green Wall was poised to reduce poverty and hunger as a result of desertification in the 11 frontline states, stressing that the initiative ïs helping people to organise themselves into cooperative associations to enable the Agency to fully implement the programmes.”
Also speaking, Head of Community Mobilisation and Livelihood of the Great Green Wall, Hajiya Bintu Kolo, noted that poverty in the rural areas was a menace that must be confronted with vigour and seriousness, stressing that the rural dwellers were the ones to eradicate it.
She called for understanding and cooperation of all stakeholders in the poverty eradication crusade, stressing, however, that without a sustained synergy the quest for achieving a poverty free society would remain a mirage.
27th August, 2015