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Agency unveils desertification projects for 11 states


• Govt urged to harness potentials of National Park Services
To address desertification challenges in the north, the National Agency for Great Green Wall, NAGGW, has planned to roll out intensity training programmes for 55 communities in 11 States affected with desertification.

To actualise it, the Minister of Environment, Dr.Mohammed Abubakar is scheduled to flag-off the programme in Kano and Jigawa axis, and after which it would be grouped into states and spread throughout the year.

Head of Press of the Agency, Pauline Sule, who stated this in Abuja, said the government is prepared to embark on livelihood programmes in states affected with desert encroachment.

She explained that the programme is part of the Agency’s 5 year plan targeting 90 youths and women from the selected states where they would also receive start off loans.

According to her, the objective is to reduce poverty, diversify income sources, create employment, adding that participants would be trained on perfume and soap making, and tailoring and knitting.

Meanwhile, the Emir of Borgu, Dr. Muhammad Dantoro, has reiterated the need for Federal Government to explore the potentials of the National Parks spread across the country to grow the economy.

The Emir also said the natural resources and immense potentials of the national parks, if well harnessed, will give an impetus to government’s diversification agenda and also boost revenue generation.

Dr. Dantoro who spoke, while receiving the executive officers of Environmental Media Correspondents Association of Nigeria led by Conservator General of National Park Service, Dr.Ibrahim Goni in Abuja, explained that by the time resources are channeled towards making the parks functional, teeming jobs would be provided, while the area will witness rapid socio-economic growth.

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