NAGGW seeks part­ner­ship with NGOs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Alex Abutu

The Na­tional Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) has started an in­ter­ac­tion with rel­e­vant non- gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions in the 11 front­line states in its bid to en­sure the smooth ex­e­cu­tion of the Nige­ria GGW com­po­nents.

The in­ter­ac­tion ac­cord­ing to the agency was meant to pro­mote public aware­ness and gen­eral knowl­edge in tack­ling de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion, poverty, land degra­da­tion and cli­mate change.

In a meet­ing re­cently with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the var­i­ous NGOs in Abuja, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral NAGGW, Mr Goni Ahmed, sought for part­ner­ship and col­lab­o­ra­tion to­wards pro­mot­ing the GGW cam­paign against de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion as well as im­prov­ing the liveli­hood of com­mu­ni­ties within the cor­ri­dor of the eleven front­line states.

He called on the NGOs to as­sist the gov­ern­ment in mo­bi­liz­ing and sen­si­tiz­ing the com­mu­ni­ties in their var­i­ous states on un­der­stand­ing the ob­jec­tives of the NAGGW rec­og­niz­ing gov­ern­ment ef­forts in ad­dress­ing and im­ple­ment­ing projects with the view of tak­ing own­er­ship.

He re­minded the NGOs 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.

He charged them to con­stantly visit and iden­tify more com­mu­ni­ties to get re­sponse and in turn ad­vice the Agency ap­pro­pri­ately on the way for­ward, he fur­ther noted 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.

The rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the var­i­ous NGOs took turns by enu­mer­at­ing their var­i­ous con­tri­bu­tions, ad­vice and chal­lenges. They called on the Agency to con­sider tree plant­ing in flood prone ar­eas and restora­tion of soil nu­tri­ents in the front­line states, in­volve Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment In­for­ma­tion of­fi­cers in the GGW ac­tiv­i­ties for in­for­ma­tion dis­sem­i­na­tion state lev­els.

They also stressed the need for syn­ergy be­tween the NGOs through a ca­pac­ity work­shop that would en­able them share ex­pe­ri­ences and en­cour­age agro-forestry, en­cour­age 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.

Mr Ibrahim Ahmed Umar, the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Cen­tre for Trop­i­cal Ecol­ogy Adamawa State, in his con­tri­bu­tion called on the Agency to con­sider plant­ing of trees in the flood prone ar­eas and con­sider restora­tion of soil nu­tri­ents’ in


lo­cal and the front­line states.

“The civil so­ci­eties should also fo­cus on the sen­si­ti­za­tion of the pol­icy mak­ers as that would help when any pro­posal on de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion is for­warded to them,” said Dr. A.D. Umar of Yaku­mata De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive, Sokoto State.

Mr. Mo­hammed Ngubdo Has­san of Herwa Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Ini­tia­tive, Borno State said that the as­so­ci­a­tion has iden­ti­fied var­i­ous youth groups in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and wanted the Agency to sup­port the as­so­ci­a­tion in bring­ing them to­gether for a ca­pac­ity build­ing work­shop that would en­able them share their ex­pe­ri­ences, en­cour­age agro-forestry, car­ried out re­search on lo­cally species, sup­port the as­so­ci­a­tion with seedling for dis­tri­bu­tion to com­mu­ni­ties dur­ing the World De­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion Day and for­mu­la­tion of lo­cal poli­cies by tra­di­tional lead­ers.

In her con­tri­bu­tion, Ha­jiya As­mau Ahmed of Women Ad­vance­ment Ini­tia­tive, Kano State ad­vised the NGOs to li­aise with rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers in the states to sup­port their voices

Mrs Mary Manzo of MeryE­lika Foun­da­tion, Bauchi State on her part called on the Agency to en­cour­age women to have their own plan­ta­tions and also work with stu­dents on en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity pro­grammes.

Mr. Lakka Irim­iya Durkwa of the Al­pha 2000 Foun­da­tion, Katsina State called for the in­volve­ment of emirs and tra­di­tional lead­ers to cut the ex­cesses of politi­cians.

While call­ing on en­vi­ron­ment com­mis­sion­ers’ fo­rum to strengthen the State Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment and Forestry, Mr. Mah­mud S. Adamu from the same or­ga­ni­za­tion called for knowl­edge shar­ing and en­gage­ment of tra­di­tional lead­ers to share suc­cess sto­ries to the public.

Sim­i­larly, Mr Umar D. Ab­dulka­dir of Muhalli Jari Foun­da­tion Bauchi ad­vised the Agency and the NGOs to al­ways present their selves to the com­mu­ni­ties as typ­i­cal per­sons that would en­cour­age them to lis­ten, ac­cept, pro­tect and use what was pro­vided to them.

Mem­bers of the var­i­ous NGOs

DG NAGGW, Mr Goni Ahmed, ad­dress­ing part­ci­pants at the in­ter­ac­tion with NGOs

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