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Monday, October 4, 2021

NATIONAL AGENCY for the great green wall: ACHIEVEMENTS -DR. BUKAR HASSAN

 


The Nigerian National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) was established to address land degradation and desertification in Nigeria to also protect and restore ecosystems and essential ecosystem services that are key to reducing poverty, enhancing food security and promoting sustainable livelihoods.

The Great Green Wall was endorsed by the African Union (AU) in 2007 and has eleven countries as members namely, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mali, Eritrea, Djibouti, Mauritania, Senegal, Sudan, Chad, Niger and Nigeria participating to yield modest results in combating desertification, restoring land degradation as well as providing alternative livelihood to the affected communities.

Operational Activities and Achievements

The National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) has since inception implemented numerous Interventions in the eleven frontline states of its operational areas in the quest to curb desertification and address the negative impacts of climate change and land degradation. The frontline states where the Agency operates are; Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe, Adamawa, in the North East and Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara in the North West.
The Great Green Wall Programme (GGW) was launched in Nigeria in 2005 and effective implementation commenced in 2013 with some notable achievements which include:

Afforestation And Land Restoration 
The Agency has established various models of plantations in the eleven front line States to address the problems of land degradation and desertification.
It has raised  15,611,105 assorted seedlings and established 3, 176.88 hectares of Shelter belts,  698.7 hectares of Woodlots, 366 hectares of Orchards Plantations , 210 hectares of Acacia Senegal ( Gum Arabic) Plantations, 250 hectares of indigenous tree species Plantations including Institutional Plantations since inception.



Provision of Alternative Livelihoods
The Agency carried out skill acquisition training for women and youths in all the eleven front line states and Starter Packs were given to them at the end of the training.
545 Women and Youths were trained on Tailoring, Knitting, Soap and Perfume making. While 200 Women and Youths were trained on Poultry farming, 352 of Women and Youths were also trained on Rearing and Fattening of Small Ruminants.


Distribution of Relief Materials/Palliatives
The Agency procured and distributed 100 bags of rice and 550 litres of vegetable oil to fifty five communities of the 11 frontline states to cushion the effects of the lockdown on thevulnerable in the affected communities.
During the Covid 19 Pandemic 122 Hand Washing Elevated Tanks were provided.


Employment Generation
513 Forest Guards were recruited to secure the Plantations , Nurseries and other valuable investments within the GGW operational areas.
In 2021, additional 884 Forest Guards would be recruited to secure the existing investments in the eleven front line States.



Special Intervention Projects
The Agency handles a Special Presidential Intervention Projects on Intensification of Afforestation activities to plant 26 Million trees within four years starting from 2020 in eight States , namely Borno, Yobe, Jigawa, kastina, Sokoto, Kano, Zamfara and Kebbi.


Alternative Source of Energy
1, 705 Solar Home Systems were procured and distributed to the affected communities across the eleven frontline states. These include Solar Light Bulbs, Solar Fan, Solar Torch and Radio.


Solar Powered Boreholes 
The Agency constructed 202 Solar Powered Boreholes to provide source of water to the rural communities and their livestock.

Projects Supported by Development Partners
Action Against Desertification (AAD) implemented by FAO and funded by European Union (EU) covered 2, 240 hectres of degraded land under innovative large-scale ecosystem restoration in Bauchi, Jigawa and Sokoto States.
Training of 275 community farmers on Climate Smart Agricultural Practices was also implemented.

Conclusion
The effects of climate change in Nigeria is getting worse, and thus getting severe in the Northern part of Nigeria because the area is more exposed to high sun intensity with little rain, thereby making the inhabitants most vulnerable.
NAGGW projects help in the restoration of ecosystem, and enhance rural development as well as improve the wellbeing of the people living in the most affected communities


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