Boreholes to curb desertification in NIgeria

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Ndiokenyi Women working on borehole installation

FG constructs 92 boreholes to curb desertification in 9 states


The Federal Government has constructed 92 Solar Propel Boreholes in nine states, in its effort to curb desertification in the country.

The Minister for Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mllam, made this known on Thursday in Bauchi, while declaring open North East Stakeholders Forum with the theme: “GGW Project as a penance for sustainable Land Resource.”

Laurentia said that the wind powered borehole projects have provided employment opportunities in nine states most hit by desertification, with one thousand youths engaged in tree planting programme.

The minister, represented by the Head of Afforestation Programme Coordinating Unit (APCU), Kano State, Alhaji Saminu Ado, said that the ministry has also established 85 hectares of woodlots.

She said that the ministry would establish 800 hectares of grazing reserves before the end of the 2015 in Zamfara, Katsina, Yobe and Borno States.

The minister named: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara States in Northern Region as those hard hit by desertification.

Alhaji Goni Ahmed, the National Coordinator and Chief Executive Officer, Great Green Wall (GGW), represented by Mr Babatunde Akinola, Head of Afforestation Unit, GGW, in a remark, said that the forum was organised by the ministry.

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Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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