FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO PARTNER INDEGENES IN COMBATING DESERTIFICATION AND LAND DEGRADATION
The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Environment, Mrs Ibukun Odusote said that attention would be focused on visiting affected desertificated areas to get them buy in the Federal Government programmes of combining desertification and land degradation.
She stated this on Tuesday 19th March, 2019 when she went to the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) Abuja, for a familiarity visit as the new Permanent Secretary.
Odusote further emphasised that the Federal Government is putting efforts through the Agency to discourage activities that would further degrade the lands, therefore there should be advocacy visit to the states and locations where these activities take place for them to be more enlightened and educated on the devastating effects of the desertification and land degradation as well as the prospects. She added that for the efforts the agency has made on the projects earlier, monitoring and evaluation should be carried out for assessment.
The Director General Dr. Bukar Hassan in his address earlier said that emphasis is being laid on advocacy visit to State Governments that are affected for a better understanding of the programme and for a stronger synergy between the Agency and the Stakeholders. He added that, should the management embark on the advocacy visit, it would make the State Chief Executives to buy in the programmes and also collaborate in many areas for the success of the programme .
Dr Hassan stated that, monitoring and evaluation is one of the vital tool the Agency is adopting to enable them assess what have been done so far and what step need to be taken. He said Forest Guards would be reinforced to be able to safe guard all the plants and the structures that have been put in place in all the locations. Desertification and land degradation has affected eleven states in Nigeria, these states includes, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kastina, Borno, Bauchi, others are Gombe, Jigawa, Adamawa, Kano, and Yobe.
Sule Pauline (Mrs)
Head, Press and Public Relations Unit
21st March, 2019