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


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



27th August, 2015


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