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.
Head, Press and Public Relations Unit
30th March, 2016