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Yobe government mulls strategy to end desertification

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The Yobe State Government has announced plans to eradicate the effects of desertification in 11 council areas of the state, through the planting of three million seedlings and grassroot sensitisation.

Governor Maimala Buni in company of the Emir of Tikau, Alhaji Muhammadu Abubakar Ibn Grema who spoke at an event to mark 2019 World Day to combat desertification lamented that 11 out of 17 local councils of the state has been ravaged by desertification.

Governor Buni charged agencies saddled with the responsibility of protecting the environment to continue to embark on massive grass-root sensitization, monitoring and supervision against illegal and discriminate tree felling in the affected local councils.

Buni who was represented by the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Baba Malam Wali; disclosed that the state which is geographically located on a fragile ecological zone that is prone to threats posed by desertification.

“The Environmental Laws on tree felling and fire wood and charcoal businesses in the state should be enforced to achieve the Great Green Wall. This includes Oasis Development and Forests Reserves in north and south parts of this state.”

He stated that about six decades ago, there was enough vegetation which covered wide areas in almost all parts of Yobe lamenting that the present environmental situation, has deteriorated over the years as a result of human activities of tree felling for fire wood and charcoal.

He appealed to the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Great Green Wall programme; to intervene and support efforts aimed at combating and controlling desertification.

On three million tree planting, Grema said: “We have designed the tree planning programme in three phases. This year we would transplant a kilometre along on both sides of the streets of five districts for beautification and halting of desert encroachment.

“Our people intend to use the plantation as means of poverty alleviation among youths through the establishment of orchards and free distribution of the economic tree seedlings.”

He said during the third phase, imported improved varieties of economic trees, will also be transplanted on farmers’ farmland boundaries.

Environment Minister who was represented by the Director, Environment Assessment, Mr. John Alonge called for involvement of all stakeholders at federal, state, local government and community levels to halt desertification in the state.


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