The National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW), says it has trained 300 rural women and youths on skills to empower them and check tree felling in desert prone communities. The Director-General (DG) of the agency, Dr Bukar Hassan, stated this at the inauguration of the Batch III training exercise of 100 youths and women in Kano.
Hassan, represented by Ahmed Bagudo, Director, Mobilisation of the agency, said the training exercise was designed to provide alternative means of livelihood to the women and vulnerable in the desert prone areas to check tree felling and dependence on forest resources. He noted that the programme also focused on economic empowerment and encouraged community engagement in environmental management and forest conservation, to control desertification.
“The programme targeted the vulnerables through skills acquisition training to complement income generation from the agricultural sector,” Hassan said.
He said the programme was implemented in 11 desert prone states in the country where the climate was no longer friendly. Hassan listed the states as Kebbi, Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Jigawa, Kano, Yobe, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa. According to him, the beneficiaries would be trained on tailoring, knitting and soap processing, adding that the agency would distribute starter packs to the participants to enable them set up their businesses.
The DG said the participants for the Batch III training exercise were drawn from Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe. “Already, we trained 100 youths and women from Kano and Jigawa and another set from Sokoto, Katsina and Kebbi states in the past two months,” he added.