In a bid to encourage green project, the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW), has donated about 3000 seedlings to Yusufu Bala Usman College of Legal and General Studies Daura, Katsina state for the College Orchard.
Flagging off the Green project, the Director-General of NAGGW, Mr Goni Ahmed said that effective synergy with all stakeholders is critical to the attainment of the GGW set goals.
He added that the agency had made interventions in Daura Emirate over the years by providing hectares of Orchards, drilling boreholes in ten communities as well as construction of comprehensive skill acquisition centres in Sandamu Forest Reserve few kilemotres from Daura Town for training in various vocations and crafts to improve the people’s livelihood.
He sought the goodwill and support of traditional rulers, community leaders, women and youth leaders, students, members of the academia, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and other stakeholders in mobilising community members
Ahmed who was represented by the Head, Land Resource Management of the agency, Mr. Abdulaziz Kolo urged state governments to support the implementation of the GGW programme in their domain.
The DG said the event provided an opportunity for the NAGGW to further sensitise the populace on the need to protect the environment and build support for the programme, adding that flagging off the Institute College Green Project is timely.
While describing it as a commendable initiative that should be commended, encouraged and emulated by other institutions, he noted that it is a step in the right direction towards addressing the problems of land degradation and desertification in Nigeria.
He maintained that NAGGW has introduced school outreach programmes to support and encourage such initiatives as well as establishment of GGW clubs in selected secondary schools within the frontline states, with the aim of training students on how to raise seedlings, plant and nurture them to maturity.
Ahmed further disclosed that GGW programme is an expression of commitment and a strategy adopted by African Leaders and supported by International community and development partners to fast track the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) aimed at rolling back poverty and addressing vulnerabilities in drylands.
The DG said though the challenges ahead in the dry lands are tremendous, he urged all stakeholders to ultimately eliminate poverty by creating wealth within the catchment area.
He stressed that GGW programme also served as launching cushion for achieving Zero Net Land Degradation target agreed by World Leaders at the Rio+20 Conference in Brazil.