Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

FCT NAWOJ, Green Wall partner on environmental advocacy

The Director General, National Agency for the Greater Green Wall, NAGGW, Mr. Goni Ahmed, has tasked media practitioners on the need to sensitise and enlighten the public on the mandate and activities of the agency.

Ahmed handed the charge, last Wednesday in Abuja, while playing host to the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists, NAWOJ, FCT Chapter, in his office.

He said proper sensitisation and enlightenment would enable the agency and other partners get the needed support to succeed on its mandate.

Ahmed explained that the Greater Green Wall, GGW, project is a pan-African initiative conceived to address land degradation and desertification, boost food security and support community to adapt to change in Sahel-Saharan region of Africa.

The DG, who said most the conflicts in the country: militancy, herder/ farmers clashes is instigated by land degradation and desertification, called for all hands to be on deck to fight the menace.

He said the agencies activities is not restricted to planting trees but looking after the livelihood of the people by providing water and little businesses in the affected states.

He named 11 front-line states most affected by desertification in the country to include: Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.

While stating that the problem is not restricted to Nigeria, he noted that all African countries and communities bordering the dry land are suffering but the case in Nigeria is phenomenal because it has degenerated to a social problem.

The DG, who appreciated the journalists for their contribution to nation building, stated that women journalists are excelling in the profession and pledged the agency's commitment to partner with NAWOJ.

Earlier, Chairperson, NAWOJ FCT, who led the delegation, Comrade Stella Okoh-Esene, said the association was at the agency to commend the DG and his team on successes so far achieved and seek areas of partnership.

The chairperson, who said women journalists are in the fore front of advocacy for women and children, decried the fact the women and children are always the worst hit during crisis.

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