Founder of Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE), Chief Newton Jibunoh, has disclosed that because a lot of grazing lands in the North have been lost to desertification, while African countries have lost 30 per cent of their land mass to the Sahara desert, herdsmen are now migrating everywhere down South.
He made the statement at the flag-off of tree planting exercise as part of activities marking this year’s World Desertification and Drought Day in Asaba.
According to him, an average herdsman who wants his animal to survive must move to the southern part of Nigeria, saying
“our forests have become Savannah and that is one of the problems today.
“The desert is here with us while the dust, known as desertification certainly can go miles. I embarked on this journey over 40 years ago because of the likely catastrophe that the desert was going to impose on all the countries that bordered the Sahara desert.
“When United Nations decided to create a convention to combat desertification, we contributed to the convention and every June 17 is set out to commemorate the way to combat the desert from taking us over.
Governor lfeanyi Okowa, at the forum also tagged, ‘A Little Garden Today, A Little Forest Tomorrow,’ promised to come up with policies and programmes and partner with FADE to salvage the environment from degradation.
The governor, who was represented by his chief of staff, Hon Festus Agas, promised to ensure sustainable environment and check the impact of climate change.