FG canvasses support for desertification measures
THE federal government has urged northern states to sustain the Great Green Wall programme initiated to save the region from desert encroachment.
It asked northern governors to plant trees frequently to fight desertification.
The Minister of Environment, Mrs. Lawrentia Mallam, stated these during the launch of the Great Green Wall (GGW) Tree Planting at Daje Baure local government area of Katsina state.
Mallam, who was represented by the Afforestation and Capacity Building Officer, Saminu Ado, assured that the GGW programme will address degradation of the environment.
She hinted that the initiative will also provide jobs to the teeming population of the communities.
President Goodluck Jonathan, she emphasised, is committed to saving the north from desertification through the programme.
She expressed appreciation to Katsina State Government for sustained contributions towards the realisation of GGW’s objectives through sensitisation, field activities and management of the planted stock.
Katsina State Governor, Ibrahim Shema, who was represented by his Deputy, Barrister Abdullahi Faskari, said his administration has provided 2.5 million seedlings for the realisation of the programme.
The governor said he had released N7m to complement the N30m provided by the federal government to actualise the programme.
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