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

 

 

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