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Desertification in Nigeria

 

Desertification: Association To Plant 2.5 million Neem Seedlings In Jigawa

The Fulbe-Fulako Association of Nigeria, a Fulani social group, said on Wednesday that it had concluded arrangements to plant 2.5 million neem seedlings to combat desertification in Jigawa.

Alhaji Y’au Muhammad, the National Vice Chairman of the association, made this known while briefing newsmen on the activities of the association in Dutse on Wednesday. Muhammad said the exercise would be conducted in all nomadic settlements across the 27 local government areas of the state, adding that the initiative was part of the association’s corporate social responsibility in the state.

He said the association would employ casual workers from among nomadic children to be responsible for the growth of the seedlings. According to him, the gesture is to show the general public that the duty of nomads did not stop only at rearing animals. Muhammad said that the gesture was also aimed at creating employment among the nomadic children as they would be given a token allowance for their nurturing the seedlings.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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