Honourable Minister of Environment Visits NAGGW

HME Balaraba Abbas Lawal and DG NAGGW with NAGGW muffler and management staff
HME Balaraba Abbas Lawal and DG NAGGW with NAGGW muffler and management staff

The Honourable Minister of Environment, Balarabe Abbas Lawal urged National Agency for the Great Green Wall, NAGGW and all the Departments and Agencies in the Ministry of Environment to collaborate and work in synergy to ensue strict compliance to the 18-Points Deliverables in line with the President`s 8- Points Agenda of Renewed Hope.

The Minister disclosed this recently when he paid an official familiarization visit to the headquarters of the Agency in Abuja.

Balarabe expressed the Federal Government readiness to collaborate with relevant agencies to provide security, safety and enabling environment for NAGGW activities of combating desertification and restoring degraded lands in the Sahel Saharan region of the country.

He emphasized on team work, collaboration and cooperation with Departments and other Agencies of the ministry, noting the significance of NAGGW in Nigeria’s economic growth in fulfilling its mandate of mitigating climate change, combating desertification, desert encroachment and land degradation by positively affecting the livelihood of the affected communities in the eleven frontline operational states.

The Director General NAGGW, Dr. Yusuf Maina Bukar, expressed gratitude to the Honourable Minister and his team for the visit and also highlighted the Agency’s core mandate, activities, achievements, challenges and progress made in transforming Nigerian Drylands of its eleven frontline states of Kano, Jigawa, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Adamawa, Yobe and Zamfara to the Minister.

Dr. Yusuf assured the Honourable Minister of domestication of the NAGGW Act and the Agency’s readiness to achieve its Key Performance Indicator (KPI) in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

It could be recalled that National Agency for the Great Green Wall was established in 2015 by Establishment Act of the Parliament to combat desertification and transform Nigerian drylands.

Mrs. Pauline Sule
Head, Press & PR Unit