Sokoto relocates three communities over desertification
The Sokoto State Government has established 88 kilometres of shelter belt in three communities overtaken by sand dunes in the state.
Already, members of the communities have been evacuated to a safer place.
The affected communities are Gidan Laura, Gidan Gada and Gidan Ciwake, all in Gada local government area of the state.
It was said that there were other communities in Illela local government area also overtaken by sand dunes as a result of desertification.
Addressing newsmen during a ministerial briefing organized by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Sokoto state Council, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry for Environment, Barrister Muhammad Bello Sifawa said the situation was so disturbing that they had to resort to prayer for divine intervention.
Sifawa recalled that the problem started during the time of President Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, for which he personally visited the areas for on-the-spot assessment.
According to him, the state government established 88 kilometres shelter belt to curtail further encroachment by desert while residents of the communities had been relocated.
He said that the state government had entered into N8.8 billion agreement with the World Bank and the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) aimed at addressing the menace of gully erosion and land degradation.