Desertification, drought, soils, lack of food and grazing lands, conflicts in Nigeria

 

53% Nigerians affected by desertification –FG

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The federal govern­ment has said about 53 per cent of the total population of Nige­rians are grossly affected by desertification even as 40% of the land mass in the north was taken up by deserts.

The Permanent Secre­tary, Ministry of Environ­ment, Mrs. Nana Mede, disclosed this during a dinner held in Abuja with the State of Israel along­side the Ministry of Wa­ter Resources, to fashion out solutions to water and environmental challenges through collaborative ef­forts.

According to her, an effective management of the soil and efficient man­agement of natural and ground resources would assist in overcoming the challenges posed by the environment to improve the agricultural potency of the north.

She said: “We have 53 per cent of Nigerians al­ready being affected by the effects of desertifi­cation. If we are able to manage our soil and our lands very effectively, we will able to provide food and improve the liveli­hood of our people in the northern part of the country.”

Mede went further to attribute the lack of suf­ficient food and grazing lands as reasons behind most of the conflicts wit­nessed in the country.

“A lot of conflicts al­ready exists because these farmers and cat­tle rearers have to find where to get food for their animals so they are mi­grating to the south.”

Read the full article: Nigerian Daily News

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Willem Van Cotthem

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