MINISTER LAUDS THE GGW PROGRAMME IN NIGERIA

The Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin has commended the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) on the activities of the Great Green Wall programme.

The Minister who was on a monitoring tour to Sokoto and Kebbi States, two out of the 11 frontline States participating in the GGW programme, said the programme is very serious and significant because of its holistic approach. He said the programme is not only about tree planting but also about improving livelihood of the people and promoting alternative and renewable sources of energy.

He noted that the variety of trees planted are doing well even in an environment where the land is degraded and has lost its fertility, saying that it is because of the dedication and commitment of the NAGGW towards ensuring that the programme succeeds. He insisted that the programme should be driven fully by the state government with active support from the Federal Government. He said the federal government will be facilitators and believe that the existing partnership is yielding results from what is on ground so far. He urged that the partnership should continue so as to counter the menace of desert encroachment.

He called on other States apart from the 11 frontline states that are likely to encounter desertification to embark on series of environmental activities to avoid environmental hazards. He said the Federal Executive Council has approved the policy on gas along with petroleum to lay a solid gas provision, including piping to convey gas for domestic use which will go a long way to reducing the use of fuel wood, in the near future

He said the FEC has also approved a new initiative of Afforestation programme and to come up with a law to prohibit exportation of wood. He called on the media to step up in propagating the Afforestation programme.

The Director General, NAGGW, Mr. Goni Ahmed who showed the Minister round some of the project sites in Angwan Lalle, Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State and Bachaka in Arewa LGA in Kebbi State said the Agency is trying its best in ensuring that the plants are sustained to attain the mandate of the Pan African Great Green Wall programme. He said the project like any other government project has suffered some challenges of theft and vandalisation saying on several occasions the Agency has replaced stolen submersible pumps, fencing wires, taps and many others.

He called on the States and Communities to take seriously the laudable efforts of the federal government saying that at the end they are to take ownership and so should guard and protect the facilities brought to their domain.

 

Larai Daze

Head, Press and Public Relations

 

9th August, 2017

MINISTER LAUDS THE GGW PROGRAMME IN NIGERIA

The Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin has commended the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) on the activities of the Great Green Wall programme.

The Minister who was on a monitoring tour to Sokoto and Kebbi States, two out of the 11 frontline States participating in the GGW programme, said the programme is very serious and significant because of its holistic approach. He said the programme is not only about tree planting but also about improving livelihood of the people and promoting alternative and renewable sources of energy.

He noted that the variety of trees planted are doing well even in an environment where the land is degraded and has lost its fertility, saying that it is because of the dedication and commitment of the NAGGW towards ensuring that the programme succeeds. He insisted that the programme should be driven fully by the state government with active support from the Federal Government. He said the federal government will be facilitators and believe that the existing partnership is yielding results from what is on ground so far. He urged that the partnership should continue so as to counter the menace of desert encroachment.

He called on other States apart from the 11 frontline states that are likely to encounter desertification to embark on series of environmental activities to avoid environmental hazards. He said the Federal Executive Council has approved the policy on gas along with petroleum to lay a solid gas provision, including piping to convey gas for domestic use which will go a long way to reducing the use of fuel wood, in the near future

He said the FEC has also approved a new initiative of Afforestation programme and to come up with a law to prohibit exportation of wood. He called on the media to step up in propagating the Afforestation programme.

The Director General, NAGGW, Mr. Goni Ahmed who showed the Minister round some of the project sites in Angwan Lalle, Sabon Birni LGA of Sokoto State and Bachaka in Arewa LGA in Kebbi state said the Agency is trying its best in ensuring that the plants are sustained to attain the mandate of the Pan African Great Green Wall programme. He said the project like any other government project has suffered some challenges of theft and vandalisation saying on several occasion the Agency has replaced stolen summersible pumps, fencing wires, taps and many others.

He called on the states and communities to take seriously the laudable efforts of the federal government saying that at the end they are to take ownership and so should guard and protect the facilities brought to their domain.

 

Larai Daze

Head, Press and Public Relations

 

9th August, 2017

 

NAGGW ORGANISES FIRE SAFETY TRAINING

In its quest for proper safety of its staff and properties, the National Agency for the Great Green Wall has organised one day safety training in collaboration with the FCT fire Service.

The Director General, NAGGW, Mr. Goni Ahmed said the training is vital as safety is very key in any organisation. He said one of the major components of the GGW programme in Nigeria is to establish Green Wall or shelterbelt stretching from Kebbi state to Borno state, a distance of 1,500km and 15km across.

The DG said, there is the need for collaboration with the National Fire Service for training of the Agency’s forest personnel in the near future especially in the area of forest fire detection and control for the protection of the GGW plantation in the 11 frontline states where the programme is implemented.

In his presentation, Chief Superintendent of Fire, Mr Timveh Jerry, took the participants through a thorough presentation. He said the main objective of training of such is to sensitize on how to handle and prevent fire outbreak, encourage participants to spread the knowledge across to others as well as periodically service the fire extinguishers amongst others.

His topics included, causes of fire, distinguishing media, fixed installations, mitigation strategies and safety tips which he took time to enumerate. He said it is mandatory for government organisations to have such trainings to avert and handle fire disasters.

The session was educative and interactive as participants took turns to ask questions on fire safety both at work place and at home.

The training ended with a practical demonstration of how to handle fire disaster during fire outbreaks using different types of fire extinguishers.

 

Larai Daze

H (PPRU)

 

13th July, 2017

NAGGW TO PARTNER WITH NIGERIAN PRISONS SERVICE TO TACKLE DESERTIFICATION

The National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) is to partner with the Nigerian Prisons Service in tackling the menace of desertification.

This agreement was made when the Director General, NAGGW paid a courtesy call on the Comptroller General of Prisons Service.

The DG said the GGW Agency is put in place to embrace two key issues of land degradation and improve the livelihood of the people in 11 frontline states in northern Nigeria. He said Nigerian Prisons Service is a key Government Agency involved in agricultural inputs and have a central command whereby is easy to pass directives or programmes that will improve the Agency.

He said the Agency has indentified the excessive use of firewood, saying that in Nigeria almost 80%-90% use firewood for their cooking, saying that while the Agency is out there planting trees, some people are busy cutting trees. He noted that the use of firewood is more in organised places like the Prisons, bakeries, schools and many others with high concentration of people therefore needing high source of energy for cooking.

The DG said his visit is to seek for partnership between the Agency and the Prisons Service on how to look at alternative sources of energy in order to minimize the use of firewood.

In his speech, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Prisons Service, Mr. Ahmed Ja’afar said the service has over 244 Prisons spread across the country out of which 16 are farm sectors specially established to teach the inmates the act of farming and animal husbandry.

He noted that looking back the environment has changed with the forests no more and rivers dried up while sand dunes have covered up the farmlands which he said portrays danger not only in the frontline states but the entire nation at large, saying that this has forced the inhabitants to migrate in search of greener pasture and water.

He said the Prisons have high concentration of over 70, 000 people in custody using a lot of firewood for cooking for the inmates. He however assured that the service has taken steps realising it can’t continue to use firewood for cooking and is repositioning their kitchen in order to use gas which is mandatory to all prisons in the country.

He also said they have started pilot projects on biogas in PortHarcout and Kirikiri with the intention to harness biogas option for cooking to contribute their quota to reduce cutting down of trees and excessive use of firewood for cooking, adding that in few years to come, the Prisons will face out the use of firewood.

 

Larai Daze

Head, Press and Public Relations

 

27th April, 2017

AU COMMENDED FOR ADOPTING THE GGW PROGRAMME

The African Union (AU) has been commended for adopting the Great Green Wall (GGW) programme.

The commendation was made by Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, senate chairman, Ecology and climate change during the committees visit to the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW).

The Senator who said the visit is the first outing of the committee since its set up by the 8th Assembly is certain that the GGW programme will eventually benefit all states in Nigeria.

He assured that climate change is real and should be taken with utmost seriousness, saying that projects in the Environment, Agriculture and Renewable Energy are very useful and require maximum support.

He noted that the major problem of the environment is Desertification and Gully Erosion which if not tackled will be of serious danger to the Nation.

The Director General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Goni Ahmed said that the GGW initiative was proposed to the AU, by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005 and launched in 2007. He said GGW is been implemented in 11 frontline states of the Northern part of Nigeria which covers 43% of the total land mass of the country with the population of about 40 million.

He said the Agency since its inception, has established kilometres of shelterbelts, hectares of woodlots and Orchards as well as a large number of boreholes sunk in the communities affected for the benefits of the planted trees, the inhabitants and their livestock.

The DG said the GGW programme is not only about planting tress but also to promote alternative means of livelihood, boost food security, poverty alleviation, enhance employment and support communities to adapt to climate change among others.

 

Larai Daze

Head, Press and Public Relations Unit

 

30th November, 2016

 

 

GGW GIVING SUCCOUR THROUGH ALTERNATIVE LIVELIHOODS

The Great Green Wall programme in its efforts to rehabilitate degraded lands, protect and improve the quality of farmlands, halt the southward advancement of the Sahara desert, increase vegetation cover, combat climate change among many others, is also supporting and promoting alternative livelihood activities in the participating 11 frontline states on the GGW corridor stretching from Kebbi state in North-West to Borno state in North-East.

The National Agency for the Great Green Wall in other to give support to these activities apart from other various programmes in line with the GGW programme has embarked on construction of skills acquisition centres for training of unemployed youths and women in various trades to reduce poverty in the communities of the 11 frontline states.

Recently, in Ilella town of Sokoto state one out of the constructed and completed skill acquisition centres was officially handed over by the contractor to the National Agency for the Great Green Wall as one of the major steps to eradicate poverty and hunger with the target of halting the proportion of people who earn less than a dollar a day through skills acquisition as set by Nigeria through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Success of this livelihood is dependable on capacity building of the communities involved; ensure support from Government through enabling policies, and providing solutions that fit the social and cultural constraints of the people.

 

Larai Daze

Head, Press and Public Relations Unit

 

30th March, 2016

20 MILLION PEOPLE IN THE SAHEL GO TO SLEEP HUNGRY

It has been rated that 20 million of people living in the Sahel go to sleep hungry every night due to unceasing menace of desertification.

This estimate was given by the Executive Secretary of UNCCD, Her Excellency, Monique Barbut who was also the special guest of honour during the Great Green Wall side event organised by the African Union Commission (AUC), UNCCD and FAO as part of the recently concluded session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to combat Desertification (UNCCD COP12) in Ankara, Turkey.

The Executive Secretary who appealed passionately to the participants on the strategic importance of the GGW, also offered a personal commitment to ensuring its success, saying her heart has always been on the initiative of the programme. She described the Great Green Wall as the modern World’s greatest endeavour that symbolizes man and nature coming together to overcome some of today’s most urgent challenges; climate change, food security, Migration, and of course land restoration

She also said GGW is more than simply growing trees, but growing solutions and opportunities, resilience to climate change, green jobs that provide a suitable income for African women and youth, food security among others.

She committed the UNCCD to embark on scaling up the GGW initiative through partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) and other stakeholders involved in the cause of curbing the menace of desertification.

Dr. Elvis Paul, AU GGW Coordinator during a presentation at the event, pointed out that GGW had become a global platform for combating land degradation and desertification. He reiterated the general call for a similar initiative in other regions of Africa and taking best practices to the Caribbean and Pacific regions.  He said the GGW will also play a central role in promoting Global Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

During the panel questions and answers involving key players of GGW, Goni Ahmed the Director General (NAGGW) who led the Nigerian delegation narrated the achievements in Nigeria since 2013 since commencements including the establishment of the NAGGW as an Institutional Framework to coordinate the implementation of the programme.

He commended the commitment and enthusiasm shown by the FG of Nigerian by a sustainable financial Mechanism put in place to ensure smooth implementation of the initiative. He appealed for financial and technical support from Development partners to ensure the success of the GGW programme.

At the end of the event, there was a clear message- The potentials that exists both at local, national and regional levels needs to be topped to develop public and private partnerships, so that through African’s Great Green Wall, a “World Wonder” can be grown that will serve all humanity for generations to come.

Larai Daze

H (PPRU)

27th October, 2015

TAMBUWAL COMMEND NAGGW

The Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal has commended the National Agency for the Great Green Wall.

Tambuwal who made the recommendation when he received the DG of the NAGGW and his entourage in his office recently said he is impressed by the scope of work so far embarked on the GGW projects in sokoto state.

He said the project is a direct benefit for the people of the state adding that sokoto state has no choice but to support and embrace the programme. He noticed with dismay that some states are advocating the scraping of the Ministry of Environment but assured that his state will continue to have a ministry of environment. He said even before the creation of the NAGGW, sokoto state saw a reason to re-enact a bill to ensure the control of desertification.

He appreciated the selection of sokoto state as one of the states to benefit from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). He assured to address the issue of land allocation both in the state and the Local Government Areas.

In his earlier speech, the DG, NAGGW Mr Goni Ahmed said over 70 million Nigerians have experienced the negative impact of drought and desertification indirectly or directly.

He said sokoto is one of the states chosen as one of the focal points for the GGW project under the FAO saying that sokoto is under intense pressure from the menace of desertification that will result to environmental degradation and increased poverty if not tackled.

He thanked the Governor for the support to the Agency by ensuring that the bill for the creation of the Agency was passed when he was the speaker of the House of Representatives.

He solicited for support from the state government in the provision of land for the GGW programme and the establishment of state and local government committee in line with the GGW Act.

The team who also visited a project site at Unguwar Lalle in Sabon Gari LGA of the state were impressed by the progress made so far. In Unguwar Lalle community, 6km of shelterbelt, 2 hectares of Orchards and 1 hectare  of community nursery has been established and doing very well.

The Head of Afforestation in the Agency, Mr Segun Babatunde Akinola said that the Agency is receiving maximum support of the communities as they have come to understand the importance of the project and its benefits. He said the communities choose mostly the species of economic trees which they will benefit from the profit.

Alh Sule Maigari the Mai-anguwa (Community leader) praised the efforts of the Federal Government for the provision of boreholes and trees planted. He said both community and their livestock are benefiting immensely from it. He regretted an incidence where some hoodlums came and made away with the submersible Engine used for pumping water to the tank. He said that because of the incidence, both men and the youth now take turns in guarding and protecting the borehole sites.

He advised other communities along the GGW corridor to guard jealously this very laudable project and equipments the government has put in place for their benefit.

 

Larai Daze

H (Press and Public Relations Unit), NAGGW

 

22nd September, 2015

NATIONAL AGENCY FOR THE GREAT GREEN WALL OUT TO ERADICATE POVERTY IN THE NORTH-DG

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.

 

Larai Daze

H (PPRU)

 

27th August, 2015

NAGGW NOW A FULL FLEDGE AGENCY

The interim office of the National Agency for Great Green Wall established last year to strategize and adequately address the desert areas of the country is now an Agency recognized by law.

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan before his exit assented to the Bill and the law is now in the Federal Republic of Nigeria official Gazette.

The functions of the Agency will among others include:

(a)        Implement the Great Green Wall programme in Nigeria

(b)        Provide baseline information to stakeholders for the implementation of the programme

(c)         Formulate strategies and action plans for the implementation of the programme

(d)        Co-ordinate efforts of Agencies, Organizations and Institutions responsible for desertification towards the attainment of the objectives of the programme

(e)        Serve as the focal point for the Co-ordination of interventions by regional, sub-regional and international organizations and agencies involved in natural resources management in the drylands of Nigeria in the implementation of the programme

(f)              Ensure effective liaison with the African Union Commission and the Pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall

(g)        Create public awareness and provide environmental education on the goals and objectives of the programme in addition to promoting private sector and stakeholders compliance with guidelines, rules and regulations, including new orientation on sustainable land management system.

(h)        Promote early warning systems and remedial measures on drought and desertification.

The Great Green Wall programme is a Pan-African initiative launched in 2007 by the African Union (AU) with the goal to address land degradation and desertification in the Sahel region, boost food security and support communities to adapt to climate change. The project was originally conceived as a 15km wide strip of greenery of trees of some 7, 775km long from Dakar, Senegal in the West to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa in the east.

Eleven countries are participating in realising this very important programme to tackle the menace of desertification and land degradation in the Sahel region. These countries include: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sudan and Chad.

 

 

Larai Daze

H (Press and Public Relations)

 

11 June, 2015