Owing to its mandate to fight desertification, the National Agency for the Great Green Wall, NAGGW, has been advised to consider tree planting in flood prone areas and restoration of soil nutrients in the 11 frontline states.
The relevant non-governmental organisations in the frontline states gave the advice in a recent meeting with the director general of NAGGW, Mr. Goni Ahmed, in Abuja.
In a meeting, the representatives of the NGOs urged the agency to include local government information officers in the GGW activities for information dissemination at local and state levels.
The NGOs also advised the agency to form synergy between them through a capacity workshop that would enable them share experiences and encourage agro-forestry.
Among other suggestions include encouraging women to have their plantation within the GGW sites and involve community and traditional leaders in knowledge sharing and identification of constraints from communities among others.
In his responses, the GGW director-general appreciated the representatives and sought for their partnership and collaboration towards promoting the GGW campaign against desertification, as well as improving the livelihood of communities within the corridor of the 11 frontline states.
Ahmed called on the NGOs to assist the government in mobilising and sensitising the communities in their various states on understanding the objectives of the NAGGW, and recognising government efforts in addressing and implementing projects with the view of taking ownership.
He reminded the NGO’s of their roles in the development of the nation as selfless service organizations, by ensuring that government activities are geared towards improving the lives of Nigerians and to speak out where necessary.
The DG also charged them to constantly visit and identify more communities to get response and in turn advice the Agency appropriately on the way forward.
He warned on the numerous desertification activities through large quantities of bulky pieces of tree trunks being cut down and used in bakeries, schools, prisons and even for commercial purposes which needs to be discouraged through constant sensitisation and awareness on the importance of tree planting and the impact of desertification.
Ahmed however, revealed that the agency in its bid to ensure the smooth execution of the project, GGW, components in promoting public awareness and general knowledge in tackling desertification, poverty, land degradation and climate change has identified with relevant NGOs in the 11 frontline states.