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Prospects of Great Green Wall initiative
BY MOSHOOD ISAH
In a bid to further improve Agriculture and increase environmental sustainability, President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the upgrade of the Great Green Wall Programme implementation Unit (GGW/PIU) to become an independent agency. The GGW/PIU now known as National Agency on Great Green Wall (NAGGW) was endorsed by the administration to urgently and holistically address the challenges bedevilling desertification in the Northern parts of Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Agency, Alhaji Goni Ahmed, who disclosed the new development, added that the President saw the need to upgrade the unit because of his belief and passion in environmental protection.
Interestingly some development partners have shown interest in the project with World Bank leading the pack. A leader of World Bank team to Nigeria who is also World Bank Senior Social Development specialist on Carbon Finance, Haddy J. Sey, who led a team to the agency said the Bank would collaborate with the agency on an initiative to reducing emission from desertification and forest degradation (REDD+) in developing countries.
In this vein, the federal government has taken the first giant stride in expending resources for the success of the Great Green Wall (GGW) project, aimed at addressing desertification along the 11 northern frontline states.
The Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam who has also demonstrated greater commitment of the government to the project, has stressed that the project will provide shelter for the communities and also create an ozone-friendly environment in the selected states.
By all accounts, President Goodluck Jonathan appears to have taken the bull by the horns in mustering the political will to formally launch the Nigerian component of the Great Green Wall (GGW) Programme in states, like Katsina, Kebbi, and also taking the trend towards Borno State.
To further boost the initiative, the Federal Government has also approved contract for the procurement of 750,000 units of clean cooking stove, worth N9.2 billion, and 18,000 wonderbags (eco-friendly non-electric portable slow cookers) for free distribution to rural women nationwide.
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