Connect with us

Great Green Wall (GGW)

  •  President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with residents in towns and villages affected by flooding across the country The president s condolence message is contained in a statement by his spokesman Malam Garba Shehu on Tuesday in Abuja According to the president the Federal Government will keep sending teams to assess the situation with a view to rendering all necessary help Buhari expressed concern over the hardships being faced by people due to this natural calamity The president noted that the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA had written to each of the 36 states of the federation through the states respective governors advising on the appropriate action to take in view of the gloomy forecasts of the rains this year The structure of the response mechanism on this issue is clear the government at the centre should step in to directly address national level emergencies and that local government councils and the states are the first responders in all situations Calls for the federal government to respond to all outbreaks of natural disaster do not just display an understanding of Nigerian law While not a national level emergency the ongoing flooding is an emergency nevertheless Nigerian lives and property are at stake We call on governors of those states that have swung into action and engaged the necessary gear to continue with their efforts and those that have not to immediately face their duties of managing the flooding within their jurisdictions he said According to him each of the three tiers the local government the state government and the federal government has a sizeable budget at its disposal allocated monthly precisely for dealing with these state level natural emergencies The president however wondered why some of the state governments in question were not already drawing upon those funds to tackle the current emergency The general population is misguidedly calling on the federal government to intervene in all situations If those moneys are for whatever reason no longer available the affected states and local councils must immediately contact the relevant authorities to explain what has happened with those funds Under the prevailing revenue allocation formula 2 32 per cent of derivation funds is set aside for ecology and disaster management Of this amount the 36 states and the FCT get 0 72 per cent the 774 local governments get 0 6 per cent adding to 1 32 per cent leaving a balance of one per cent to the government of the federation said the president According to him by the law of land NEMA takes 20 per cent of the amount allocated to the Federal Government while the North East Development Commission NEDC collects 10 per cent and the National Agricultural Land Development Authority NALDA gets 10 per cent He said the National Agency for the Great Green Wall GGW gets 0 5 per cent leaving 0 55 of the one per cent to the federal government for ecological protection and disaster management The president commended the few states that are up in front doing a yeoman s effort averting disasters and managing same where they occur He assured that the federal government would continue to work closely with the state governments to provide all possible assistance to overcome this challenge The president maintained that the response to emergencies must stand on the three legged structure NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flooding: Buhari condoles victims’ families, pledges assistance
     President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with residents in towns and villages affected by flooding across the country The president s condolence message is contained in a statement by his spokesman Malam Garba Shehu on Tuesday in Abuja According to the president the Federal Government will keep sending teams to assess the situation with a view to rendering all necessary help Buhari expressed concern over the hardships being faced by people due to this natural calamity The president noted that the National Emergency Management Agency NEMA had written to each of the 36 states of the federation through the states respective governors advising on the appropriate action to take in view of the gloomy forecasts of the rains this year The structure of the response mechanism on this issue is clear the government at the centre should step in to directly address national level emergencies and that local government councils and the states are the first responders in all situations Calls for the federal government to respond to all outbreaks of natural disaster do not just display an understanding of Nigerian law While not a national level emergency the ongoing flooding is an emergency nevertheless Nigerian lives and property are at stake We call on governors of those states that have swung into action and engaged the necessary gear to continue with their efforts and those that have not to immediately face their duties of managing the flooding within their jurisdictions he said According to him each of the three tiers the local government the state government and the federal government has a sizeable budget at its disposal allocated monthly precisely for dealing with these state level natural emergencies The president however wondered why some of the state governments in question were not already drawing upon those funds to tackle the current emergency The general population is misguidedly calling on the federal government to intervene in all situations If those moneys are for whatever reason no longer available the affected states and local councils must immediately contact the relevant authorities to explain what has happened with those funds Under the prevailing revenue allocation formula 2 32 per cent of derivation funds is set aside for ecology and disaster management Of this amount the 36 states and the FCT get 0 72 per cent the 774 local governments get 0 6 per cent adding to 1 32 per cent leaving a balance of one per cent to the government of the federation said the president According to him by the law of land NEMA takes 20 per cent of the amount allocated to the Federal Government while the North East Development Commission NEDC collects 10 per cent and the National Agricultural Land Development Authority NALDA gets 10 per cent He said the National Agency for the Great Green Wall GGW gets 0 5 per cent leaving 0 55 of the one per cent to the federal government for ecological protection and disaster management The president commended the few states that are up in front doing a yeoman s effort averting disasters and managing same where they occur He assured that the federal government would continue to work closely with the state governments to provide all possible assistance to overcome this challenge The president maintained that the response to emergencies must stand on the three legged structure NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Flooding: Buhari condoles victims’ families, pledges assistance
    Environment1 month ago

    Flooding: Buhari condoles victims’ families, pledges assistance

    President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with residents in towns and villages affected by flooding across the country.

    The president’s condolence message is contained in a statement by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Tuesday in Abuja.

    According to the president, the Federal Government will keep sending teams to assess the situation with a view to rendering all necessary help.

    Buhari expressed concern over the hardships being faced by people due to this natural calamity.

    The president noted that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) had written to each of the 36 states of the federation through the states’ respective governors advising on the appropriate action to take in view of the gloomy forecasts of the rains this year.

    “The structure of the response mechanism on this issue is clear: the government at the centre should step in to directly address national-level emergencies and that local government councils and the states are the first responders in all situations.

    “Calls for the federal government to respond to all outbreaks of natural disaster do not just display an understanding of Nigerian law.

    “While not a national-level emergency, the ongoing flooding is an emergency nevertheless.

    Nigerian lives and property are at stake.

    “We call on governors of those states that have swung into action and engaged the necessary gear to continue with their efforts, and those that have not, to immediately face their duties of managing the flooding within their jurisdictions,” he said.

    According to him, each of the three tiers, (the local government, the state government and the federal government) has a sizeable budget at its disposal, allocated monthly precisely for dealing with these state-level natural emergencies.

    The president, however, wondered why some of the state governments in question were not already drawing upon those funds to tackle the current emergency.

    “The general population is misguidedly calling on the federal government to intervene in all situations.

    “If those moneys are, for whatever reason, no longer available, the affected states and local councils must immediately contact the relevant authorities to explain what has happened with those funds.

    “Under the prevailing revenue allocation formula, 2.32 per cent of derivation funds is set aside for ecology and disaster management.

    “Of this amount, the 36 states and the FCT get 0.72 per cent, the 774 local governments get 0.6 per cent, adding to 1.32 per cent, leaving a balance of one per cent to the government of the federation,” said the president.

    According to him, by the law of land, NEMA takes 20 per cent of the amount allocated to the Federal Government while the North East Development Commission (NEDC) collects 10 per cent and the National Agricultural Land Development Authority (NALDA) gets 10 per cent.

    He said the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (GGW) gets 0.5 per cent, leaving 0.55 of the one per cent to the federal government for ecological protection and disaster management.

    The president commended the few states that are up in front, doing a yeoman’s effort averting disasters and managing same where they occur.

    He assured that the federal government would continue to work closely with the state governments to provide all possible assistance to overcome this challenge.

    The president maintained that the response to emergencies must stand on the three-legged structure.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACRESAL programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country He said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges According to him Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term Accordingly Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall GGW accelerator to fund each country s priorities Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16 States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023 There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now he said Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges He called for urgent collective step up action by everyone irrespective of social status religion political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net zero emission Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development he said The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation FAO in Nigeria Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emission Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation working towards climate resilient and low emission agri food systems FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework CPF he said Dr Jean Bakole Country Representative and Regional Director United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues Therefore UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation
     The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro Climate Resilience in Semi Arid Landscapes ACRESAL programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment in Abuja on Thursday Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country He said that the theme of the meeting was Pursuit of Zero Emission A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges According to him Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term Accordingly Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall GGW accelerator to fund each country s priorities Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16 States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023 There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now he said Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges He called for urgent collective step up action by everyone irrespective of social status religion political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net zero emission Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development he said The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation FAO in Nigeria Mr Abubakar Suleiman said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emission Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation working towards climate resilient and low emission agri food systems FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework CPF he said Dr Jean Bakole Country Representative and Regional Director United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation UNIDO said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues Therefore UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation
    General news2 months ago

    FG partners with World Bank for land remediation

    The Federal Government is to partner with the World Bank to establish Agro-Climate Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACRESAL), programme to remediate drylands and wetlands across the country.

    The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, said this at the 16th meeting of National Council on Environment, in Abuja on Thursday.

    Abdullahi said that the effort would improve the semi arid areas in the country.

    He said that the theme of the meeting was “Pursuit of Zero Emission, A Trajectory Towards Global Environment Renaissance”.

    Abdullahi said that the essence of the meeting was to have relevant stakeholders’ ideas and knowledge that would proffer solution to the environmental challenges.

    He said that the ministry had commenced discussion on the establishment of National Institute of Environmental Studies, to provide ideas in addressing environmental challenges.

    According to him, Nigeria has also assumed the leadership of the Pan African Great Green Wall (PAGGW), and that the essence is to address land degradation in the country.

    He said that President Muhammadu Buhari was elected as the President of the  Conference of Heads of State and Government for a two year term.

    “Accordingly, Mr President is driving the funding initiative under the Great Green Wall (GGW) accelerator to fund each country’s priorities.

    “Closely aligned to the objectives of the PAGGW is the need for a robust tree planting campaign.

    “The president launched the campaign on the sidelines of the PAGGW Council of Ministers Meeting on June 16. “States are encouraged to drive their tree planting campaign so that collectively we can meet the 25 million trees target by 2023. “There is no better time to reset our relation with nature than now,” he said.

    Abdullahi said that the world was being confronted with enormous environmental challenges.

    He called for urgent collective step-up action by everyone, irrespective of social status, religion, political leaning for drastic restoration of natural ecosystem.

    The minister gave assurance that the government would continue to provide every necessary support required to ensure a successful journey to net-zero emission.

    “Government is committed to ensure that we all live in harmony with nature and brighter hope of sustainable development,” he said.

    The Representative of Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Nigeria, Mr Abubakar Suleiman, said that the theme was a call for action to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emission.

    Suleiman said that the signing of Climate Change Act into law by President Muhammadu Buhari would help Nigeria to achieve environmental sustainability goals.

    “The vision of Nigeria aligns with FAO global efforts in supporting its member countries in their efforts to climate change adaptation and mitigation, working towards climate-resilient and low-emission agri-food systems.

    “FAO over the last 40 years of establishing its country office in Nigeria has been providing support to government institutions and their partners, within the framework of Nigeria Country Programming Framework (CPF),” he said.

    Dr Jean Bakole, Country Representative and Regional Director, United Nations for Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), said that the organisation was committed to supporting Nigeria in promoting sustainable industrial development.

    He said that UNIDO was positioned to support member states in identifying and addressing emerging environmental issues.

    “Therefore, UNIDO will continue to provide technical support to Nigeria on achieving a net-zero status through the promotion of clean technology and renewable energy,” he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF said addressing desertification by restoring degraded lands would create about 10 million jobs and provide food security to 20 million people in the country Mr Oladapo Soneye NCF Head of Communication revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja Soneye said that possible ways to address desertification was through effective collaboration from all levels of government Non Governmental Organisations individuals both locally and globally among others He explained that desertification was a persistent degradation of dry land ecosystems by climatic variations and human activities He said that addressing desertification reforestation climate change and other environmental challenges should be a major programme which individuals corporate organisations government agencies and other stakeholders must intensify efforts through strong awareness He said that the NCF had a workshop with some relevant stakeholders recently aimed at enhancing biodiversity mainstreaming in the actions of the Great Green Wall GGW under the aegis of the Pan African Agency of GGW PAGGW He explained that the GGW initiative aimed to address the issues of desertification land degradation and bio diversity loss He said it would also address climate change resilience by ecosystems and communities and improve food security in about 11 countries of the Sahel region in Africa He said that the workshop would go a long way in addressing desertification as such creating opportunities for a sustainable farming and restored patched of natural habitat According to him the workshop is to exchange experiences and strengthen synergies towards sharing planning while putting together a roadmap for further development of the regional concept However years of over farming overgrazing coupled with the growing issues related to climate change have led to increased desertification threatening livelihoods of millions of people and the survival of wildlife The collaboration will ensure implementation of activities at local and national levels conservation of biodiversity and improvement of communities livelihood for sustainable conservation he said Soneye said that the foundation had been implementing a tree planting project as part of their green recovery strategy along the GGW corridor in five states He said that the NCF had been working with the National Agency of the Great Green Wall NAGGW to ensure that degraded lands were restored He added that partnering with the agency had improved livelihood of local communities and integrating biodiversity through agricultural integrated community farms He said that the foundation also built capacity of local communities in sustainable livelihoods including mat weaving bee keeping and improved fishing methods in Hadejia Nguru Wetlands Yobe State The NCF communication head said that more funds should be released to encourage NGOs CSOs and other relevant organisations who were determined to address environmental challenges in the country He explained that the NCF was dedicated to nature conservation for sustainable development focusing on environmental education biodiversity conservation policy advocacy and poverty reduction with a vision of achieving a better nature NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Restoration of degraded land will create jobs, food security — NCF
     The Nigerian Conservation Foundation NCF said addressing desertification by restoring degraded lands would create about 10 million jobs and provide food security to 20 million people in the country Mr Oladapo Soneye NCF Head of Communication revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Abuja Soneye said that possible ways to address desertification was through effective collaboration from all levels of government Non Governmental Organisations individuals both locally and globally among others He explained that desertification was a persistent degradation of dry land ecosystems by climatic variations and human activities He said that addressing desertification reforestation climate change and other environmental challenges should be a major programme which individuals corporate organisations government agencies and other stakeholders must intensify efforts through strong awareness He said that the NCF had a workshop with some relevant stakeholders recently aimed at enhancing biodiversity mainstreaming in the actions of the Great Green Wall GGW under the aegis of the Pan African Agency of GGW PAGGW He explained that the GGW initiative aimed to address the issues of desertification land degradation and bio diversity loss He said it would also address climate change resilience by ecosystems and communities and improve food security in about 11 countries of the Sahel region in Africa He said that the workshop would go a long way in addressing desertification as such creating opportunities for a sustainable farming and restored patched of natural habitat According to him the workshop is to exchange experiences and strengthen synergies towards sharing planning while putting together a roadmap for further development of the regional concept However years of over farming overgrazing coupled with the growing issues related to climate change have led to increased desertification threatening livelihoods of millions of people and the survival of wildlife The collaboration will ensure implementation of activities at local and national levels conservation of biodiversity and improvement of communities livelihood for sustainable conservation he said Soneye said that the foundation had been implementing a tree planting project as part of their green recovery strategy along the GGW corridor in five states He said that the NCF had been working with the National Agency of the Great Green Wall NAGGW to ensure that degraded lands were restored He added that partnering with the agency had improved livelihood of local communities and integrating biodiversity through agricultural integrated community farms He said that the foundation also built capacity of local communities in sustainable livelihoods including mat weaving bee keeping and improved fishing methods in Hadejia Nguru Wetlands Yobe State The NCF communication head said that more funds should be released to encourage NGOs CSOs and other relevant organisations who were determined to address environmental challenges in the country He explained that the NCF was dedicated to nature conservation for sustainable development focusing on environmental education biodiversity conservation policy advocacy and poverty reduction with a vision of achieving a better nature NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Restoration of degraded land will create jobs, food security — NCF
    Environment3 months ago

    Restoration of degraded land will create jobs, food security — NCF

    The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) said addressing desertification by restoring degraded lands, would create about 10 million jobs and provide food security to 20 million people in the country.

     

    Mr Oladapo Soneye, NCF Head of Communication, revealed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , on Saturday in Abuja.

     

    Soneye said that possible ways to address desertification was through effective collaboration from all levels of government, Non- Governmental Organisations, individuals both locally and globally, among others.

     

    He explained that desertification was a persistent degradation of dry-land ecosystems by climatic variations and human activities.

     

    He said that addressing desertification, reforestation, climate change and other environmental challenges should be a major programme which individuals, corporate organisations, government agencies and other stakeholders must intensify efforts through strong awareness.

     

     

    He said that the NCF had a workshop with some relevant stakeholders recently, aimed at enhancing biodiversity mainstreaming in the actions of the Great Green Wall (GGW) under the aegis of the Pan-African Agency of GGW (PAGGW).

     

    He explained that the GGW initiative aimed to address the issues of desertification, land degradation and bio-diversity loss.

     

    He said it would also address climate change resilience by ecosystems and communities, and improve food security in about 11 countries of the Sahel region in Africa.

     

    He said that the workshop would go a long way in addressing desertification, as such, creating opportunities for a sustainable farming and restored patched of natural habitat.

     

    According to him, the workshop is to exchange experiences and strengthen synergies towards sharing planning, while putting together a roadmap for further development of the regional concept.

     

    “However, years of over-farming, overgrazing, coupled with the growing issues related to climate change, have led to increased desertification, threatening livelihoods of millions of people and the survival of wildlife.

     

    “The collaboration will ensure implementation of activities at local and national levels, conservation of biodiversity and improvement of communities’ livelihood for sustainable conservation,” he said.

     

    Soneye said that the foundation had been implementing a tree planting project as part of their green recovery strategy along the GGW corridor in five states.

     

    He said that the NCF had been working with the National Agency of the Great Green Wall (NAGGW), to ensure that degraded lands were restored.

     

    He added that partnering with the agency had improved livelihood of local communities and integrating biodiversity through agricultural integrated community farms.

     

    He said that the foundation also built capacity of local communities in sustainable livelihoods, including mat weaving, bee keeping and improved fishing methods in Hadejia Nguru Wetlands, Yobe State.

     

    The NCF communication head said that more funds should be released to encourage NGOs, CSOs and other relevant organisations who were determined to address environmental challenges in the country.

     

    He explained that the NCF was dedicated to nature conservation for sustainable development, focusing on environmental education, biodiversity conservation, policy advocacy and poverty reduction with a vision of achieving a better nature.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Federal Government says it has set a target to rehabilitate about 22 000 km square of degraded land and improve livelihood of over 20 million Nigerians in 2030 The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this on Monday in Abuja at a Capacity Training Workshop on Opportunity Mapping for Improved Decision Making and Monitoring of Great Green Wall GGW Projects The programme which was designed to improve International Best Practices for Ecosystem Based Disaster Risk Reduction ECO DRR was organised by the National Agency for the Great Green Wall NAGGW in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme The minister was represented by the Director Planning Research and Statistics of the ministry Mr Stanley Jonah Abdullahi said that the programme focused on 11 states most affected by desertification adding that the states constitute about 35 per cent of the country s total land area The NAGGW has already engaged in baseline studies and Environmental Impact Assessments community mobilisation and awareness campaign afforestation and land management promotion of alternative livelihood rural infrastructure and employment generation The ongoing programme includes ecological restoration and rehabilitation to enhance the livelihoods of the affected communities and strengthen their resilience to climate change The programme also involves promotion of climate smart agricultural practices to enhance food security and climate change adaptation improvement of critical rural infrastructure for enhanced socioeconomic development among others he said The minister said that the Federal Government was taking positive steps to mitigate the risks on climate emergency food security biodiversity and pollution as much as possible within the resources available He said that the programme was aimed at restoration and sustainable management of land in the Sahel Saharan region to addressing land degradation and poverty The Director General of the agency Dr Yusuf Maina Bukar said that the agency had restored degraded lands by establishing 389 46 kilometers of shelterbelt Maina Bukar was represented by the Acting Director Planning Policy Coordinator of the agency Mrs Habiba Ibrahim The agency targets to rehabilitate degraded land by establishing 13 000 km of shelterbelt 250 000 hectares of woodlots and 250 000 hectares of community orchards among the affected states This is to boost agricultural production and to improve the livelihoods of about 20 million people by 2030 The agency has restored degraded lands by establishing 389 46 km of shelterbelt 264 7 hectares of woodlots and 250 5 hectares of community orchards The NAGGW has also trained about 500 farmers on farm natural regeneration projects and many more activities that impact the lives of those communities he said Maina Bukar said that the agency s aspirations were to curtail the menace of desertification and land degradation which was a major threat to Nigeria s drylands and the Sub Sahelian region in Africa He said that the agency combat land degradation and desertification effectively to protect and restore ecosystems adding that the effort was to reduce poverty and enhance food security He mentioned some of the challenges faced by the agency as insecurity vandalism of field investments poor community participation lack of financial support from states and weak institutional capacity at all levels The Senior Advisor Disaster Risk Reduction UNEP Country Representative Dr Karen Sud Rieux said that the UNEP would continue to work with the agency to provide technical assistance on opportunity mapping and other activities The UNEP will continue to support the agency to ensure that degraded lands are restored by setting up various programmes to improve the agency in the capacity building Sud Rieux said Also Dr Oluseyi Fabiyi from Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO said that the FAO had contributed a lot in expanding African GGW projects Some of the challenges faced in the restoration of degraded lands is that some areas are sandy and rocky and such areas cannot be restored because the nature of the areas he said NAN
    FG to rehabilitate 22,000km degraded land, improve 20m Nigerians livelihood by 2030 
     The Federal Government says it has set a target to rehabilitate about 22 000 km square of degraded land and improve livelihood of over 20 million Nigerians in 2030 The Minister of Environment Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi said this on Monday in Abuja at a Capacity Training Workshop on Opportunity Mapping for Improved Decision Making and Monitoring of Great Green Wall GGW Projects The programme which was designed to improve International Best Practices for Ecosystem Based Disaster Risk Reduction ECO DRR was organised by the National Agency for the Great Green Wall NAGGW in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme The minister was represented by the Director Planning Research and Statistics of the ministry Mr Stanley Jonah Abdullahi said that the programme focused on 11 states most affected by desertification adding that the states constitute about 35 per cent of the country s total land area The NAGGW has already engaged in baseline studies and Environmental Impact Assessments community mobilisation and awareness campaign afforestation and land management promotion of alternative livelihood rural infrastructure and employment generation The ongoing programme includes ecological restoration and rehabilitation to enhance the livelihoods of the affected communities and strengthen their resilience to climate change The programme also involves promotion of climate smart agricultural practices to enhance food security and climate change adaptation improvement of critical rural infrastructure for enhanced socioeconomic development among others he said The minister said that the Federal Government was taking positive steps to mitigate the risks on climate emergency food security biodiversity and pollution as much as possible within the resources available He said that the programme was aimed at restoration and sustainable management of land in the Sahel Saharan region to addressing land degradation and poverty The Director General of the agency Dr Yusuf Maina Bukar said that the agency had restored degraded lands by establishing 389 46 kilometers of shelterbelt Maina Bukar was represented by the Acting Director Planning Policy Coordinator of the agency Mrs Habiba Ibrahim The agency targets to rehabilitate degraded land by establishing 13 000 km of shelterbelt 250 000 hectares of woodlots and 250 000 hectares of community orchards among the affected states This is to boost agricultural production and to improve the livelihoods of about 20 million people by 2030 The agency has restored degraded lands by establishing 389 46 km of shelterbelt 264 7 hectares of woodlots and 250 5 hectares of community orchards The NAGGW has also trained about 500 farmers on farm natural regeneration projects and many more activities that impact the lives of those communities he said Maina Bukar said that the agency s aspirations were to curtail the menace of desertification and land degradation which was a major threat to Nigeria s drylands and the Sub Sahelian region in Africa He said that the agency combat land degradation and desertification effectively to protect and restore ecosystems adding that the effort was to reduce poverty and enhance food security He mentioned some of the challenges faced by the agency as insecurity vandalism of field investments poor community participation lack of financial support from states and weak institutional capacity at all levels The Senior Advisor Disaster Risk Reduction UNEP Country Representative Dr Karen Sud Rieux said that the UNEP would continue to work with the agency to provide technical assistance on opportunity mapping and other activities The UNEP will continue to support the agency to ensure that degraded lands are restored by setting up various programmes to improve the agency in the capacity building Sud Rieux said Also Dr Oluseyi Fabiyi from Food and Agriculture Organisation FAO said that the FAO had contributed a lot in expanding African GGW projects Some of the challenges faced in the restoration of degraded lands is that some areas are sandy and rocky and such areas cannot be restored because the nature of the areas he said NAN
    FG to rehabilitate 22,000km degraded land, improve 20m Nigerians livelihood by 2030 
    Environment4 months ago

    FG to rehabilitate 22,000km degraded land, improve 20m Nigerians livelihood by 2030 

    The Federal Government says it has set a target to rehabilitate about 22,000 km square of degraded land  and improve livelihood of over 20 million Nigerians in 2030.

    The Minister of Environment, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi, said this on Monday, in Abuja at a Capacity Training Workshop on Opportunity Mapping for Improved Decision Making and Monitoring of Great Green Wall (GGW) Projects.

    The programme, which was designed to improve International Best Practices for Ecosystem-Based Disaster Risk Reduction (ECO DRR), was organised by the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme.

    The minister was represented by the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics of the ministry, Mr Stanley Jonah.

    Abdullahi said that the programme focused on 11 states most affected by desertification, adding that the states constitute about 35 per cent of the country’s total land area.

    “The NAGGW has already engaged in baseline studies and Environmental Impact Assessments; community mobilisation, and awareness campaign; afforestation and land management; promotion of alternative livelihood, rural infrastructure, and employment generation.

    “The ongoing programme includes ecological restoration and rehabilitation to enhance the livelihoods of the affected communities and strengthen their resilience to climate change.

    “The programme also involves, promotion of climate smart agricultural practices to enhance food security and climate change adaptation; improvement of critical rural infrastructure for enhanced socioeconomic development, among others,’’ he said.

    The minister said that the Federal Government was taking positive steps to mitigate the risks on climate emergency, food security, biodiversity and pollution as much as possible within the resources available.

    He said that the programme was aimed at restoration and sustainable management of land in the Sahel-Saharan region to addressing land degradation and poverty.

    The Director-General of the agency, Dr Yusuf Maina-Bukar, said that the agency had restored degraded lands by establishing 389.46 kilometers of shelterbelt.

    Maina-Bukar was represented by the Acting Director, Planning Policy Coordinator of the agency, Mrs Habiba Ibrahim.

    “The agency targets to rehabilitate degraded land by establishing 13,000 km of shelterbelt, 250,000 hectares of woodlots, and 250,000 hectares of community orchards among the affected states.

    “This is to boost agricultural production and to improve the livelihoods of about 20 million people by 2030.

    “The agency has restored degraded lands by establishing 389.46 km of shelterbelt, 264.7 hectares of woodlots and 250.5 hectares of community orchards.

    “The NAGGW has also trained about 500 farmers on farm natural regeneration projects and many more activities that impact the lives of those communities,’’ he said.

    Maina-Bukar said that the agency`s aspirations were to curtail the menace of desertification and land degradation which was a major threat to Nigeria’s drylands and the Sub Sahelian region in Africa.

    He said that the agency combat land degradation and desertification effectively to protect and restore ecosystems, adding that the effort was to reduce poverty and enhance food security.

    He mentioned some of the challenges faced by the agency as insecurity, vandalism of field investments, poor community participation, lack of financial support from states and weak institutional capacity at all levels.

    The Senior Advisor, Disaster Risk Reduction, UNEP Country Representative, Dr Karen Sud-Rieux said that the UNEP would continue to work with the agency to provide technical assistance on opportunity mapping and other activities.

    “The UNEP will continue to support the agency to ensure that degraded lands are restored, by setting up various programmes to improve the agency in the capacity building,” Sud-Rieux said.

    Also, Dr Oluseyi Fabiyi, from Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), said that the FAO had contributed a lot in expanding African GGW projects.

    “Some of the challenges faced in the restoration of degraded lands is that some areas are sandy and rocky, and such areas cannot be restored because the nature of the areas,’’ he said.

    (NAN)

  •   During a week long Climate Change Summit in Glasgow Scotland UK President Muhammadu Buhari also took the opportunity to express his deep desires to strengthen Nigeria s national infrastructure stock Buhari made his feelings known in Glasgow at the COP26 high level side event on improving global infrastructure hosted by Biden of the United States the President of the European Commission Von Der Leyen and the Prime Minister Briton Boris Johnson on November 2 According to the Nigerian leader more than 1 5 trillion dollars are needed over a period of 10 years to reach a significant level of the national stock of infrastructure Buhari who previously delivered his national statement at the COP26 leaders summit in Glasgow Scotland on Tuesday said My administration has established a clear legal and regulatory framework for private listing of infrastructure to establish a standard process especially on the monitoring and evaluation process We look forward to working with you in this regard He also said his administration has taken the expansion of infrastructure in Nigeria seriously realizing that new investments in critical sectors of the economy would help lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 There is a link between infrastructure development and the overall economic development of a nation My administration identified this early on as a major catalyst for sustainable economic development and the achievement of other continental and global development aspirations in particular the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals When I took office in 2015 Nigeria faced a huge infrastructure deficit and the total national infrastructure stock was estimated at 35 of our gross domestic product In his national statement to world leaders the president pledged that Nigeria will reduce its emissions to net zero by 2060 He said achieving national and global climate change goals would require adequate and sustained technical and financial support to developing countries He said more effort should be devoted to helping developing countries meet their Nationally Determined Contribution NDC commitments through country pledges to provide at least 100 billion per year year Buhari noted that easier access to climate tax has become imperative given the COVID 19 pandemic which has really hit the economies of developing countries I don t think anyone in Nigeria needs to be persuaded of the need for urgent action on the environment Desertification in the north flooding in the center pollution and erosion on the coast are sufficient proof of this For Nigeria climate change is not about the perils of tomorrow but what happens today Nigeria is committed to achieving net zero by 2060 The president had on November 1 during an event co organized Emmanuel Macron the Prince of Wales and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani affirmed that Africa s ambition to restore more than 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes for productive agriculture is achievable The President expressed his optimism at the Climate Change Summit COP26 side event on the Great Green Wall GGW The Nigerian leader said it was remarkable that the meeting was designed to improve issues of land degradation desertification depletion of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in Africa The President who spoke on the theme of the event Accelerating Land Restoration in Africa the Case of the Great Green Wall Initiative said With all hands on deck and concerted efforts for land restoration I am optimistic that Africa s ambition to restore over 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes for productive agriculture is achievable Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen I am pleased to inform you that Nigeria will soon assume the leadership of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Pan African Great Green Wall Agency The Nigeria News Agency reports that US billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also hailed Buhari s leadership role in restoring degraded land in the country on November 1 in Glasgow Scotland Bezos called the Nigerian leader s commitment to restoring 4 million hectares exemplary Bezos joined Buhari French President Emmanuel Macron Prince Charles and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani at a side event at COP26 titled Accelerating Land Restoration in Africa the Case of the Initiative of the Great Green Wall GGW While praising the Nigerian leader at the event co hosted by the President his Mauritanian counterpart and the Prince of Wales the Amazon founder said We are fortunate to have President Buhari of Nigeria with us today Nigeria is playing a vital role in the restoration movement and is committed to restoring 4 million hectares of degraded land This kind of ambition coming from Africa s largest economy underscores how vital this issue is The Bezos Earth Fund has 10 billion to allocate money to climate change projects Before leaving for COP26 in Glasgow Buhari complained to families who lost loved ones in the collapse of a 21 story building in Lagos Buhari shared this sad moment with the people and the government of Lagos State calling on emergency institutions including hospitals to provide all necessary support to protect the lives of those rescued The president also hosted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC Senator Bola Tinubu at his official residence State House Abuja on October 31 Speaking to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting Tinubu rejected the implication that he was in the presidential villa discussing politics with the president He however said his Sunday mission at the seat of power was to thank Buhari for visiting him as he recovered from surgery at his residence in London He said I came only to thank first of all the President for his visit to my residence in London when I was Indeed what an exceptional leader will do That s why I came and to welcome him back from Saudi Arabia No politics just a courtesy call thanking him greatly that s all The president visited the head of the APC in London on August 13 reports that the President also received a briefing from the Chief of the Naval Staff Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo at the Presidential Villa on Sunday On November 5 Buhari expressed his deep shock and sorrow at the murder of 69 people in the Republic of Niger on the country s common border with Mali and Burkina Fasso He said This vile and cruel attack on innocent people including a mayor of the Republic of Niger is a worrying setback for regional efforts to stem terrorist activities which have caused massive destruction in our countries On November 6 the President also offered his condolences to the government and people of Sierra Leone following a tanker explosion in Freetown the country s capital where at least 100 people were killed and many injured The tragic incident occurred on Friday night when a tanker truck exploded in a collision and scores of people rushed to the scene to siphon off gasoline The Nigerian leader said I am distressed by the loss of life and injury to so many people Also reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attended the meeting of the Nigeria C te d Ivoire Binational Commission on November 7 where he signed agreements with the Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Achi The signing of the agreements was the high level segment of the second session of the Nigeria C te d Ivoire Binational Commission Saturday in Abidjan C te d Ivoire Osinbajo thanked Achi for his excellent leadership in hosting and co leading the 2nd session of the Nigeria C te d Ivoire Binational Commission to a positive outcome He said that Achi s opening remarks were certainly very important in setting the tone and ensuring that the objectives of the meeting were met The Vice President also expressed his gratitude to President Alhassane Ouattara for granting him and his delegation an earlier hearing and for giving both sides very wise and insightful advice on how to deepen the relationship between the two countries The Nigerian delegation for its part is quite satisfied with the results especially the agreements we signed on this occasion he added reports that Buhari will make an official visit to Paris France this week to return a previous visit to Nigerian President Emmanuel Macron and will also attend the 2021 Paris Peace Forum The Paris Peace Forum will be the fourth edition to be hosted by the President It will bring together heads of state and government and CEOs of large multinationals as well as several actors from civil society coming together to propose concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the pandemic and to improve global governance in times of COVID 19 The summit will focus on stimulating a more solid and inclusive recovery from various gaps in global governance proposing initiatives to better address global commons and proposing new principles of action for the post world COVID the president s media assistant Malam Garba Shehu said in a statement He revealed that while the president is in Paris the Nigerian government will host the Nigeria Paris Forum According to him the event is expected to attract a host of Nigerian and French investors government and business leaders diplomats and the media in the hope of presenting opportunities on both sides Shehu expressed optimism that the event would also shed light on the prevailing security economic and investment climate in Nigeria According to the presidential assistant Buhari is expected to return to the country after the fighting Source NAN
    Buhari’s double-barrelled mission to Scotland to attract trillion dollars investments
      During a week long Climate Change Summit in Glasgow Scotland UK President Muhammadu Buhari also took the opportunity to express his deep desires to strengthen Nigeria s national infrastructure stock Buhari made his feelings known in Glasgow at the COP26 high level side event on improving global infrastructure hosted by Biden of the United States the President of the European Commission Von Der Leyen and the Prime Minister Briton Boris Johnson on November 2 According to the Nigerian leader more than 1 5 trillion dollars are needed over a period of 10 years to reach a significant level of the national stock of infrastructure Buhari who previously delivered his national statement at the COP26 leaders summit in Glasgow Scotland on Tuesday said My administration has established a clear legal and regulatory framework for private listing of infrastructure to establish a standard process especially on the monitoring and evaluation process We look forward to working with you in this regard He also said his administration has taken the expansion of infrastructure in Nigeria seriously realizing that new investments in critical sectors of the economy would help lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030 There is a link between infrastructure development and the overall economic development of a nation My administration identified this early on as a major catalyst for sustainable economic development and the achievement of other continental and global development aspirations in particular the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals When I took office in 2015 Nigeria faced a huge infrastructure deficit and the total national infrastructure stock was estimated at 35 of our gross domestic product In his national statement to world leaders the president pledged that Nigeria will reduce its emissions to net zero by 2060 He said achieving national and global climate change goals would require adequate and sustained technical and financial support to developing countries He said more effort should be devoted to helping developing countries meet their Nationally Determined Contribution NDC commitments through country pledges to provide at least 100 billion per year year Buhari noted that easier access to climate tax has become imperative given the COVID 19 pandemic which has really hit the economies of developing countries I don t think anyone in Nigeria needs to be persuaded of the need for urgent action on the environment Desertification in the north flooding in the center pollution and erosion on the coast are sufficient proof of this For Nigeria climate change is not about the perils of tomorrow but what happens today Nigeria is committed to achieving net zero by 2060 The president had on November 1 during an event co organized Emmanuel Macron the Prince of Wales and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani affirmed that Africa s ambition to restore more than 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes for productive agriculture is achievable The President expressed his optimism at the Climate Change Summit COP26 side event on the Great Green Wall GGW The Nigerian leader said it was remarkable that the meeting was designed to improve issues of land degradation desertification depletion of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in Africa The President who spoke on the theme of the event Accelerating Land Restoration in Africa the Case of the Great Green Wall Initiative said With all hands on deck and concerted efforts for land restoration I am optimistic that Africa s ambition to restore over 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes for productive agriculture is achievable Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen I am pleased to inform you that Nigeria will soon assume the leadership of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Pan African Great Green Wall Agency The Nigeria News Agency reports that US billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also hailed Buhari s leadership role in restoring degraded land in the country on November 1 in Glasgow Scotland Bezos called the Nigerian leader s commitment to restoring 4 million hectares exemplary Bezos joined Buhari French President Emmanuel Macron Prince Charles and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani at a side event at COP26 titled Accelerating Land Restoration in Africa the Case of the Initiative of the Great Green Wall GGW While praising the Nigerian leader at the event co hosted by the President his Mauritanian counterpart and the Prince of Wales the Amazon founder said We are fortunate to have President Buhari of Nigeria with us today Nigeria is playing a vital role in the restoration movement and is committed to restoring 4 million hectares of degraded land This kind of ambition coming from Africa s largest economy underscores how vital this issue is The Bezos Earth Fund has 10 billion to allocate money to climate change projects Before leaving for COP26 in Glasgow Buhari complained to families who lost loved ones in the collapse of a 21 story building in Lagos Buhari shared this sad moment with the people and the government of Lagos State calling on emergency institutions including hospitals to provide all necessary support to protect the lives of those rescued The president also hosted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress APC Senator Bola Tinubu at his official residence State House Abuja on October 31 Speaking to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting Tinubu rejected the implication that he was in the presidential villa discussing politics with the president He however said his Sunday mission at the seat of power was to thank Buhari for visiting him as he recovered from surgery at his residence in London He said I came only to thank first of all the President for his visit to my residence in London when I was Indeed what an exceptional leader will do That s why I came and to welcome him back from Saudi Arabia No politics just a courtesy call thanking him greatly that s all The president visited the head of the APC in London on August 13 reports that the President also received a briefing from the Chief of the Naval Staff Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo at the Presidential Villa on Sunday On November 5 Buhari expressed his deep shock and sorrow at the murder of 69 people in the Republic of Niger on the country s common border with Mali and Burkina Fasso He said This vile and cruel attack on innocent people including a mayor of the Republic of Niger is a worrying setback for regional efforts to stem terrorist activities which have caused massive destruction in our countries On November 6 the President also offered his condolences to the government and people of Sierra Leone following a tanker explosion in Freetown the country s capital where at least 100 people were killed and many injured The tragic incident occurred on Friday night when a tanker truck exploded in a collision and scores of people rushed to the scene to siphon off gasoline The Nigerian leader said I am distressed by the loss of life and injury to so many people Also reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attended the meeting of the Nigeria C te d Ivoire Binational Commission on November 7 where he signed agreements with the Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Achi The signing of the agreements was the high level segment of the second session of the Nigeria C te d Ivoire Binational Commission Saturday in Abidjan C te d Ivoire Osinbajo thanked Achi for his excellent leadership in hosting and co leading the 2nd session of the Nigeria C te d Ivoire Binational Commission to a positive outcome He said that Achi s opening remarks were certainly very important in setting the tone and ensuring that the objectives of the meeting were met The Vice President also expressed his gratitude to President Alhassane Ouattara for granting him and his delegation an earlier hearing and for giving both sides very wise and insightful advice on how to deepen the relationship between the two countries The Nigerian delegation for its part is quite satisfied with the results especially the agreements we signed on this occasion he added reports that Buhari will make an official visit to Paris France this week to return a previous visit to Nigerian President Emmanuel Macron and will also attend the 2021 Paris Peace Forum The Paris Peace Forum will be the fourth edition to be hosted by the President It will bring together heads of state and government and CEOs of large multinationals as well as several actors from civil society coming together to propose concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the pandemic and to improve global governance in times of COVID 19 The summit will focus on stimulating a more solid and inclusive recovery from various gaps in global governance proposing initiatives to better address global commons and proposing new principles of action for the post world COVID the president s media assistant Malam Garba Shehu said in a statement He revealed that while the president is in Paris the Nigerian government will host the Nigeria Paris Forum According to him the event is expected to attract a host of Nigerian and French investors government and business leaders diplomats and the media in the hope of presenting opportunities on both sides Shehu expressed optimism that the event would also shed light on the prevailing security economic and investment climate in Nigeria According to the presidential assistant Buhari is expected to return to the country after the fighting Source NAN
    Buhari’s double-barrelled mission to Scotland to attract trillion dollars investments
    General news11 months ago

    Buhari’s double-barrelled mission to Scotland to attract trillion dollars investments

    During a week-long Climate Change Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, President Muhammadu Buhari also took the opportunity to express his deep desires to strengthen Nigeria's national infrastructure stock.

    Buhari made his feelings known in Glasgow at the COP26 high-level side event on improving global infrastructure hosted by Biden of the United States, the President of the European Commission, Von Der Leyen, and the Prime Minister Briton Boris Johnson on November 2.

    According to the Nigerian leader, more than 1.5 trillion dollars are needed over a period of 10 years to reach a significant level of the national stock of infrastructure.

    Buhari, who previously delivered his national statement at the COP26 leaders' summit in Glasgow, Scotland on Tuesday, said:

    '' My administration has established a clear legal and regulatory framework for private listing of infrastructure to establish a standard process, especially on the monitoring and evaluation process.

    “We look forward to working with you in this regard. "

    He also said his administration has taken the expansion of infrastructure in Nigeria seriously, realizing that new investments in critical sectors of the economy would help lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.

    There is a link between infrastructure development and the overall economic development of a nation.

    My administration identified this early on as a major catalyst for sustainable economic development and the achievement of other continental and global development aspirations, in particular the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals.

    “When I took office in 2015, Nigeria faced a huge infrastructure deficit and the total national infrastructure stock was estimated at 35% of our gross domestic product. "

    In his national statement to world leaders, the president pledged that Nigeria will reduce its emissions to net zero by 2060.

    He said achieving national and global climate change goals would require adequate and sustained technical and financial support to developing countries.

    He said more effort should be devoted to helping developing countries meet their "Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) commitments through country pledges to provide at least $ 100 billion per year." year ”.

    Buhari noted that easier access to climate tax has become imperative given the COVID-19 pandemic, which has really hit the economies of developing countries.

    “I don't think anyone in Nigeria needs to be persuaded of the need for urgent action on the environment.

    Desertification in the north, flooding in the center, pollution and erosion on the coast are sufficient proof of this.

    For Nigeria, climate change is not about the perils of tomorrow but what happens today.

    "Nigeria is committed to achieving net zero by 2060."

    The president had, on November 1, during an event, co-organized Emmanuel Macron, the Prince of Wales, and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, affirmed that "Africa's ambition to restore more than 100 million 'hectares of degraded landscapes for productive agriculture is achievable ".

    The President expressed his optimism at the Climate Change Summit, COP26, side event on the Great Green Wall (GGW).

    The Nigerian leader said it was remarkable that the meeting was designed to improve issues of land degradation, desertification, depletion of forest ecosystems and biodiversity in Africa.

    The President, who spoke on the theme of the event, “Accelerating Land Restoration in Africa, the Case of the Great Green Wall Initiative”, said:

    “With all hands on deck and concerted efforts for land restoration, I am optimistic that Africa's ambition to restore over 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes for productive agriculture is achievable.

    “Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to inform you that Nigeria will soon assume the leadership of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Pan-African Great Green Wall Agency. "

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that US billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos also hailed Buhari's leadership role in restoring degraded land in the country on November 1 in Glasgow, Scotland.

    Bezos called the Nigerian leader's commitment to restoring 4 million hectares exemplary.

    Bezos joined Buhari, French President Emmanuel Macron, Prince Charles and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani at a side event at COP26 titled "Accelerating Land Restoration in Africa, the Case of the Initiative of the Great Green Wall (GGW) ”.

    While praising the Nigerian leader at the event co-hosted by the President, his Mauritanian counterpart and the Prince of Wales, the Amazon founder said:

    “We are fortunate to have President Buhari of Nigeria with us today.

    “Nigeria is playing a vital role in the restoration movement and is committed to restoring 4 million hectares of degraded land.

    “This kind of ambition coming from Africa's largest economy underscores how vital this issue is.

    The Bezos Earth Fund has $ 10 billion to allocate money to climate change projects.

    Before leaving for COP26 in Glasgow, Buhari complained to families who lost loved ones in the collapse of a 21-story building in Lagos.

    Buhari shared this sad moment with the people and the government of Lagos State, calling on emergency institutions, including hospitals, to provide all necessary support to protect the lives of those rescued.

    The president also hosted the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, at his official residence, State House, Abuja, on October 31.

    Speaking to State House correspondents after the closed-door meeting, Tinubu rejected the implication that he was in the presidential villa discussing politics with the president.

    He however said his Sunday mission at the seat of power was to thank Buhari for visiting him as he recovered from surgery at his residence in London.

    He said: “I came only to thank, first of all, the President for his visit to my residence in London when I was ……

    “Indeed, what an exceptional leader will do.

    “That's why I came and to welcome him back from Saudi Arabia.

    "No politics, just a courtesy call, thanking him greatly, that's all."

    The president visited the head of the APC in London on August 13.

    reports that the President also received a briefing from the Chief of the Naval Staff, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo, at the Presidential Villa on Sunday.

    On November 5, Buhari expressed his deep shock and sorrow at the murder of 69 people in the Republic of Niger, on the country's common border with Mali and Burkina Fasso.

    He said: “This vile and cruel attack on innocent people, including a mayor of the Republic of Niger, is a worrying setback for regional efforts to stem terrorist activities which have caused massive destruction in our countries. "

    On November 6, the President also offered his condolences to the government and people of Sierra Leone following a tanker explosion in Freetown, the country's capital, where at least 100 people were killed and many injured.

    The tragic incident occurred on Friday night when a tanker truck exploded in a collision and scores of people rushed to the scene to siphon off gasoline.

    The Nigerian leader said: “I am distressed by the loss of life and injury to so many people. "

    Also reports that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo attended the meeting of the Nigeria-Côte d'Ivoire Binational Commission on November 7 where he signed agreements with the Ivorian Prime Minister, Patrick Achi.

    The signing of the agreements was the high-level segment of the second session of the Nigeria-Côte d'Ivoire Binational Commission, Saturday in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

    Osinbajo thanked Achi for his excellent leadership in hosting and co-leading the 2nd session of the Nigeria-Côte d'Ivoire Binational Commission to a positive outcome.

    He said that Achi's opening remarks were certainly very important in setting the tone and ensuring that the objectives of the meeting were met.

    The Vice President also expressed his gratitude to President Alhassane Ouattara for granting him and his delegation an earlier hearing and for giving both sides very wise and insightful advice on how to deepen the relationship. between the two countries.

    "The Nigerian delegation, for its part, is quite satisfied with the results, especially the agreements we signed on this occasion," he added.

    reports that Buhari will make an official visit to Paris, France this week to return a previous visit to Nigerian President Emmanuel Macron and will also attend the 2021 Paris Peace Forum.

    The Paris Peace Forum will be the fourth edition to be hosted by the President.

    “It will bring together heads of state and government and CEOs of large multinationals as well as several actors from civil society, coming together to propose concrete solutions to the enormous challenges posed by the pandemic and to improve global governance in times of COVID. -19.

    "The summit will focus on stimulating a more solid and inclusive recovery from various gaps in global governance, proposing initiatives to better address global commons and proposing new principles of action for the post world. -COVID, "the president's media assistant Malam Garba Shehu said in a statement.

    He revealed that while the president is in Paris, the Nigerian government will host the Nigeria-Paris Forum.

    According to him, the event is expected to attract a host of Nigerian and French investors, government and business leaders, diplomats and the media in the hope of presenting opportunities on both sides.

    Shehu expressed optimism that the event would also shed light on the prevailing security, economic and investment climate in Nigeria.

    According to the presidential assistant, Buhari is expected to return to the country after the fighting.

    Source: NAN

  •   US billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Monday in Glasgow Scotland hailed President Muhammadu Buhari s leadership role in restoring the country s degraded land A statement released by spokesman Malam Garba Shehu on Monday in Abuja cited Bezos as describing the Nigerian leader s commitment to restore 4 million hectares as exemplary Bezos joined President Buhari French President Emmanuel Macron Prince Charles and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani at a side event at COP26 titled Accelerating Land Restoration in Africa the Case of the Initiative of the Great Green Wall GGW While praising the Nigerian leader at the event co hosted by the President his Mauritanian counterpart and the Prince of Wales the Amazon founder said We are fortunate to have President Buhari from Nigeria with us today Nigeria is playing a vital role in the restoration movement and is committed to restoring 4 million hectares of degraded land This kind of ambition coming from Africa s largest economy underscores how vital this issue is The Bezos Earth Fund has 10 billion to allocate money to climate change projects Nigeria is expected to assume the leadership of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Pan African Great Green Wall Agency President Buhari had in his speech called on his fellow leaders to continue to make concerted efforts to restore the land I am optimistic that Africa s ambition to restore over 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes for productive agriculture is achievable he said President Buhari also pledged Nigeria s unwavering commitment to expand the achievements of the GGW program in Africa from the enviable status achieved under the leadership of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani Together we embark on the process of transforming the restoration of the degraded African landscape and ultimately the continent s environment he said Source NAN
    COP26: American billionaire, Jeff Bezos, hails Buhari’s climate change actions
      US billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Monday in Glasgow Scotland hailed President Muhammadu Buhari s leadership role in restoring the country s degraded land A statement released by spokesman Malam Garba Shehu on Monday in Abuja cited Bezos as describing the Nigerian leader s commitment to restore 4 million hectares as exemplary Bezos joined President Buhari French President Emmanuel Macron Prince Charles and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani at a side event at COP26 titled Accelerating Land Restoration in Africa the Case of the Initiative of the Great Green Wall GGW While praising the Nigerian leader at the event co hosted by the President his Mauritanian counterpart and the Prince of Wales the Amazon founder said We are fortunate to have President Buhari from Nigeria with us today Nigeria is playing a vital role in the restoration movement and is committed to restoring 4 million hectares of degraded land This kind of ambition coming from Africa s largest economy underscores how vital this issue is The Bezos Earth Fund has 10 billion to allocate money to climate change projects Nigeria is expected to assume the leadership of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Pan African Great Green Wall Agency President Buhari had in his speech called on his fellow leaders to continue to make concerted efforts to restore the land I am optimistic that Africa s ambition to restore over 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes for productive agriculture is achievable he said President Buhari also pledged Nigeria s unwavering commitment to expand the achievements of the GGW program in Africa from the enviable status achieved under the leadership of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani Together we embark on the process of transforming the restoration of the degraded African landscape and ultimately the continent s environment he said Source NAN
    COP26: American billionaire, Jeff Bezos, hails Buhari’s climate change actions
    Environment11 months ago

    COP26: American billionaire, Jeff Bezos, hails Buhari’s climate change actions

    US billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Monday in Glasgow, Scotland hailed President Muhammadu Buhari's leadership role in restoring the country's degraded land.

    A statement released by spokesman Malam Garba Shehu on Monday in Abuja cited Bezos as describing the Nigerian leader's commitment to restore 4 million hectares as exemplary.

    Bezos joined President Buhari, French President Emmanuel Macron, Prince Charles and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani at a side event at COP26 titled "Accelerating Land Restoration in Africa, the Case of the Initiative of the Great Green Wall (GGW) ”.

    While praising the Nigerian leader at the event co-hosted by the President, his Mauritanian counterpart and the Prince of Wales, the Amazon founder said: “We are fortunate to have President Buhari from Nigeria with us today.

    “Nigeria is playing a vital role in the restoration movement and is committed to restoring 4 million hectares of degraded land.

    “This kind of ambition coming from Africa's largest economy underscores how vital this issue is.

    The Bezos Earth Fund has $ 10 billion to allocate money to climate change projects.

    Nigeria is expected to assume the leadership of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the Pan-African Great Green Wall Agency.

    President Buhari had, in his speech, called on his fellow leaders to continue to make concerted efforts to restore the land.

    "I am optimistic that Africa's ambition to restore over 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes for productive agriculture is achievable," he said.

    President Buhari also pledged Nigeria's unwavering commitment to expand the achievements of the GGW program in Africa from the enviable status achieved under the leadership of Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani.

    "Together, we embark on the process of transforming the restoration of the degraded African landscape and ultimately the continent's environment," he said.

    Source: NAN

  •  Dr Bukar Hassan Director General National Agency for the Great Green Wall has reiterated Federal Government s commitment to tackle the impact of climate change particularly in Nigeria s dry lands Hassan said this on the sidelines of the National Stakeholders Workshop on the Formulation Process of Component 3 of the multi country Scaling Up Resilience In Africa s Great Green Wall SURAGGWA Project in Abuja on Wednesday He said component 3 of the proposed project is titled Institutional Strengthening of Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and Great Green Wall GGW National Structures Through The Implementation Of Climate Initiatives and Dissemination of Successful Restoration Experiences Hassan said Nigeria is collaborating with six African countries on the proposed project aimed at addressing the devastating impacts of climate change in the Sahelian countries The countries include Burkina Faso Chad Mali Nigeria Nigeria and Senegal He said this will be done by scaling up successful adaptations and mitigation interventions in the agricultural forestry and other land use sectors Today one of the environmental issues affecting people of the globe particularly in the dry lands of Africa is the effect of climate change And there is a fund the international community put together specifically to address the issue of climate change The GGW sister countries have decided to be part and parcel of that and try to see if they can get some support of the climate fund in order to sort out some of the issues that we are facing as a result of climate change The sister countries came together to approach the climate fund to see if we can get projects running to ensure that some of the effects of climate change are tackled In most part of Africa we are more into adaptation than mitigatiion of climate change so I believe our focus will be on adaptation Hassan said Mr Abel Enitan Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Environment in his address said the workshop was important because it has to do with governance related issues needed for effective implementation of the SURAGGWA project Enitan represented by Mr Stanley Jonah Director Research and Statistics in the ministry said participatory bottom top approach is now the in thing for any meaningful and effective implementation of projects The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the workshop include CSOs NGOs Development Partners Ministries Departments and Agencies and state officials Edited By Razak Owolabi Source NAN
    FG committed to tackle climate change in dry lands — DG
     Dr Bukar Hassan Director General National Agency for the Great Green Wall has reiterated Federal Government s commitment to tackle the impact of climate change particularly in Nigeria s dry lands Hassan said this on the sidelines of the National Stakeholders Workshop on the Formulation Process of Component 3 of the multi country Scaling Up Resilience In Africa s Great Green Wall SURAGGWA Project in Abuja on Wednesday He said component 3 of the proposed project is titled Institutional Strengthening of Pan African Great Green Wall PAGGW and Great Green Wall GGW National Structures Through The Implementation Of Climate Initiatives and Dissemination of Successful Restoration Experiences Hassan said Nigeria is collaborating with six African countries on the proposed project aimed at addressing the devastating impacts of climate change in the Sahelian countries The countries include Burkina Faso Chad Mali Nigeria Nigeria and Senegal He said this will be done by scaling up successful adaptations and mitigation interventions in the agricultural forestry and other land use sectors Today one of the environmental issues affecting people of the globe particularly in the dry lands of Africa is the effect of climate change And there is a fund the international community put together specifically to address the issue of climate change The GGW sister countries have decided to be part and parcel of that and try to see if they can get some support of the climate fund in order to sort out some of the issues that we are facing as a result of climate change The sister countries came together to approach the climate fund to see if we can get projects running to ensure that some of the effects of climate change are tackled In most part of Africa we are more into adaptation than mitigatiion of climate change so I believe our focus will be on adaptation Hassan said Mr Abel Enitan Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Environment in his address said the workshop was important because it has to do with governance related issues needed for effective implementation of the SURAGGWA project Enitan represented by Mr Stanley Jonah Director Research and Statistics in the ministry said participatory bottom top approach is now the in thing for any meaningful and effective implementation of projects The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the workshop include CSOs NGOs Development Partners Ministries Departments and Agencies and state officials Edited By Razak Owolabi Source NAN
    FG committed to tackle climate change in dry lands — DG
    Environment2 years ago

    FG committed to tackle climate change in dry lands — DG

    Dr Bukar Hassan, Director- General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall, has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to tackle the impact of climate change particularly in Nigeria’s dry lands.

    Hassan said this on the sidelines of the National Stakeholders Workshop on the Formulation Process of Component 3 of the multi-country Scaling-Up Resilience In Africa’s Great Green Wall (SURAGGWA) Project in Abuja on Wednesday.

    He said component 3 of the proposed project is titled “Institutional Strengthening of Pan African Great Green Wall (PAGGW) and Great Green Wall (GGW) National Structures Through The Implementation Of Climate Initiatives and Dissemination of Successful Restoration Experiences”.

    Hassan said Nigeria is collaborating with six African countries on the proposed project aimed at addressing the devastating impacts of climate change in the Sahelian countries.

    The countries include Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Nigeria, Nigeria and Senegal.

    He said this will be done by scaling-up successful adaptations and mitigation interventions in the agricultural, forestry and other land use sectors.

    ”Today, one of the environmental issues affecting people of the globe particularly in the dry lands of Africa is the effect of climate change.

    “And there is a fund the international community put together specifically to address the issue of climate change.

    “The GGW sister countries have decided to be part and parcel of that and try to see if they can get some support of the climate fund in order to sort out some of the issues that we are facing as a result of climate change.

    “The sister countries came together to approach the climate fund to see if we can get projects running to ensure that some of the effects of climate change are tackled.

    “In most part of Africa we are more into adaptation than mitigatiion of climate change so I believe our focus will be on adaptation,” Hassan said.

    Mr Abel Enitan, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, in his address said, the workshop was important because it has to do with governance related issues needed for effective implementation of the SURAGGWA project.

    Enitan, represented by Mr Stanley Jonah, Director, Research and Statistics in the ministry, said participatory bottom top approach is now the “in thing”for any meaningful and effective implementation of projects.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that participants at the workshop include CSOs, NGOs, Development Partners, Ministries , Departments and Agencies and state officials.


    Edited By: Razak Owolabi
    Source: NAN

  •  Kano State Government says it has distributed 500 improved stoves and Liquefied Natural Gas LPG cylinders to encourage development of alternative sources of energy Abdulhamid Bala Director Ecology and Forestry in the state s Ministry of Environment disclosed this in an interview to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Kano Bala disclosed that the items were distributed to deserving households to discourage use of fuel wood and control desert encroachment He said that the items were distributed as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Desertification Day adding that the state government would establish a five hectre woodlots in selected areas in the state The director said the gesture was in accordance with the Federal Ministry of Environment guidelines to commemorate the day in the 11 front line states Kano State will also plant five hectares of Neem trees as part of activities to mark the day The desertification campaign focuses to create awareness on the importance of tree planting and afforestation to mitigate the effects of the climate change We will also establish 10 hectares of fodder in three senatorial districts with a view to help pastoralists he said Bala revealed that 250 000 tree seedlings were planted and five tree nurseries also rehabilitated in the state under the Great Green Wall GGW project He listed the projects to include Badawa Kadandani Rade Gwarmai and Tona in Gabasawa Makoda Kunchi and Dambatta Local Government Areas LGAs of the state According to him the ministry will plant 35 hectres tree plantations and train seven Forest Rangers in each of the designated LGAs Bala added that the National Erosion and Watershed Management Programme NEWMAP had also upgraded tree nurseries and green areas as well as planted five hectres of economic trees at Kofar Nassarawa and Western Bye Pass in Kano metropolis While commanding the state government for its support to the desertification and afforestation programme Bala called on the people to plant trees to protect the environment
    Desertification: Kano Govt distributes 500 gas cylinders, improved stoves
     Kano State Government says it has distributed 500 improved stoves and Liquefied Natural Gas LPG cylinders to encourage development of alternative sources of energy Abdulhamid Bala Director Ecology and Forestry in the state s Ministry of Environment disclosed this in an interview to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Kano Bala disclosed that the items were distributed to deserving households to discourage use of fuel wood and control desert encroachment He said that the items were distributed as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Desertification Day adding that the state government would establish a five hectre woodlots in selected areas in the state The director said the gesture was in accordance with the Federal Ministry of Environment guidelines to commemorate the day in the 11 front line states Kano State will also plant five hectares of Neem trees as part of activities to mark the day The desertification campaign focuses to create awareness on the importance of tree planting and afforestation to mitigate the effects of the climate change We will also establish 10 hectares of fodder in three senatorial districts with a view to help pastoralists he said Bala revealed that 250 000 tree seedlings were planted and five tree nurseries also rehabilitated in the state under the Great Green Wall GGW project He listed the projects to include Badawa Kadandani Rade Gwarmai and Tona in Gabasawa Makoda Kunchi and Dambatta Local Government Areas LGAs of the state According to him the ministry will plant 35 hectres tree plantations and train seven Forest Rangers in each of the designated LGAs Bala added that the National Erosion and Watershed Management Programme NEWMAP had also upgraded tree nurseries and green areas as well as planted five hectres of economic trees at Kofar Nassarawa and Western Bye Pass in Kano metropolis While commanding the state government for its support to the desertification and afforestation programme Bala called on the people to plant trees to protect the environment
    Desertification: Kano Govt distributes 500 gas cylinders, improved stoves
    Environment2 years ago

    Desertification: Kano Govt distributes 500 gas cylinders, improved stoves

    Kano State Government says it has distributed 500 improved stoves and Liquefied Natural Gas (LPG) cylinders to encourage development of alternative sources of energy.

    Abdulhamid Bala, Director, Ecology and Forestry in the state’s Ministry of Environment, disclosed this in an interview to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Kano.

    Bala disclosed that the items were distributed to deserving households to discourage use of fuel wood and control desert encroachment.

    He said that the items were distributed as part of activities to mark the 2020 World Desertification Day, adding that the state government would establish a five hectre woodlots in selected areas in the state.

    The director said the gesture was in accordance with the Federal Ministry of Environment guidelines to commemorate the day in the 11 front line states.

    “Kano State will also plant five hectares of Neem trees as part of activities to mark the day.

    “The desertification campaign focuses to create awareness on the importance of tree planting and afforestation to mitigate the effects of the climate change.

    “We will also establish 10 hectares of fodder in three senatorial districts with a view to help pastoralists,” he said.

    Bala revealed that 250, 000 tree seedlings were planted and five tree nurseries also rehabilitated in the state under the Great Green Wall (GGW) project.

    He listed the projects to include Badawa; Kadandani, Rade, Gwarmai and Tona in Gabasawa, Makoda, Kunchi and Dambatta Local Government Areas  (LGAs) of the state.

    According to him, the ministry will plant 35 hectres tree plantations and train seven Forest Rangers in each of the designated LGAs.

    Bala added that the National Erosion and Watershed Management Programme (NEWMAP) had also upgraded tree nurseries and green areas as well as planted five hectres of economic trees at Kofar Nassarawa and Western Bye Pass in Kano metropolis.

    While commanding the state government for its support to the desertification and afforestation programme, Bala called on the people to plant trees to protect the environment.