Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Desertification affects 35 million Nigerians, says government

This Day (Lagos, Nigeria): No fewer than 35 million people located in about 10 states in northern Nigeria are facing threats of hunger and extreme weather conditions due to desert encroachment on arable lands and grazing fields. This is because the Sahara desert is said to be moving southwards at the rate of 0.6 kilometres per annum, just as the rate of deforestation has been about 350,000 hectares per annum.

This was part of a report presented to the House of Representatives Committee on Environment when it received a joint delegation of officials from the Agricultural Development Company Limited, Israel and the Federal Ministry of Environment. The Isreali firm and the Nigerian government are collaborating under the Desert-to-Food Programme to eradicate the menace of desertification.

Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Honourable Duro Faseyi, who while receiving progress report on the Green Wall Project / World Bank project on Tree Planting and Green Wall Sahara, said the House was worried about the devastating effect of desertification in northern Nigeria and was prepared to collaborate with relevant organisations and institutions working in that area to stop desert encroachment….

Sand and dust from the Sahara, blown by the harmattan, envelopes the Abuja National Mosque in Abuja, Nigeria. Shot by Kipp Jones from Atlanta, US, Wikimedia Commons via Flickr, nder Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License

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