Reps urge implementation of Green Wall to curb clashes

The House of Representatives has urged the Nigerian government to implement the Great Green Wall Initiative to control desertification and migration of pastoral farmers across the country.

This is to reduce the frequent clashes between the farmers and the pastoralists as well as the insurgency in the North east.

In a motion unanimously adopted, members attributed certain developments in the country to the non-implementation of the initiative.

Presenting the motion, Miss Beni Lar from Plateau State expressed concern that the Great Green Wall Project in Nigeria exists only on paper, instead of the reclamation of desert.

The Great Green Wall Project in Nigeria exists only in name, instead of reclamation of desert. It is rather expanding and gaining more territories; that if nothing is done to forestall further desert encroachment by implementing the Great Green Wall Initiative, clashes between herdsmen and farmers will be on the increase, Beni Lar stressed

Desertification is one of the major environmental challenges threatening the livelihood of millions of Nigerians as it is adversely affecting agricultural practices, especially in the area of livestock production and the worst affected States are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Sokoto and Yobe.

The Great Green Wall Initiative as a tool to combat ecological degradation in Nigeria was conceived in 2005 by former President Olusegun Obasanjo and supported by former President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal.

In 2017, the initiative was adopted and launched by the African Union with the aim of tackling the social, economic and environmental impacts of land degradation and desertification in the Sahel and Sahara, boost food security and support local Communities to adapt to climate change.

However, eleven years along the line, there have been limited efforts to implement the Initiative.

The Great Green Wall Initiative is a programme that aims to reclaim and control desert encroachment through planting of trees and other vegetation, as well as provisions for Lakes, Dams and Irrigation facilities to sustain the vegetation.

Source: Voice of Nigeria