CHAIRMAN, Senate Committee on Ecology and Climate Change, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim has commended the African Union, AU, for adopting the Great Green Wall , GGW, programme. According to press release signed and made available to Nigerian Pilot by head, Press and Public Relations Unit, Mrs Larai Daze, Ibrahim recently made the commendation during the committee’s visit to the National Agency for the Great Green Wall, NAGGW, in Abuja. He said the visit was the first outing of the committee since its set up by the eightth Assembly, expressing hope that the GGW programme would eventually benefit all states in Nigeria. According to him, climate change is real and should be taken with utmost seriousness, saying projects on environment, agriculture and renewable energy were useful and required maximum support. He noted that the major problem of the environment was desertification and gully erosion which if not tackled would be of serious danger to the nation. In his response, director general of the NAGGW, Goni Ahmed said that the GGW initiative was proposed to the AU by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005 and launched in 2007. Ahmed said GGW was being implemented in 11 frontline states of the northern part of Nigeria which covers 43 percent of the total land mass of the country with the population of about 40 million. He said the agency since its inception had established kilometres of shelterbelts, hectares of woodlots and orchardsm, as well as a large number of boreholes sunk in the communities affected for the benefits of the planted trees, the inhabitants and their livestock. The DG said the GGW programme was not only about planting trees but also to promote alternative means of livelihood, boost food security, poverty alleviation, enhance employment and support communities to adapt to climate change among others.

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