The people should support the Great Green Wall as they will be the beneficiaries at the end,

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Mrs. Nana Fatima Mede, PS Federal Ministry of Environment, Emir of Daura Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar and Goni Ahmed, DG, NAGGW during an advocacy visit to the emir in Daura recently Photo: Obadiah Bulus

‘GGW a vital tool to fight poverty, desertification’

By Alex Abutu & Larai Daze

Mrs Nana Fatima Mede, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Environment has called on Nigerians especially those in the north to support the implementation of the Great Green Wall as it has the potentials of reducing poverty and stopping desertification.

Mede said during an advocacy visit to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar with the Director General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Mr Goni Ahmed that the project was conceived by African Heads of States as a means of solving one of Africa’s major challenges which is desertification.

“The project is implemented in Katsina and 10 other frontline states to assist in the fight against desertification, so it is important that the people support the project as they will be the beneficiaries at the end,” she said.
She also urged the Emir to educate the residents on the need to avoid indiscriminate dumping of refuse on flood plain said that the annual flood experienced in the Daura was as a result of absences of drainages, blocked water ways and building on flood plains.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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