53% Nigerians affected by desertification –FG
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.”
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