By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Director General, National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Yusuf Maina Bukar has pledged to support the 11 Northern States and Federal Capital Territory Abuja that have been battling with the encroachment of desertification affecting both human and animal activities.
The Director General who was represented by Habiba Musa Tumsah, the Deputy Director of Resource Mobilization and Partnership Building Department at the commemoration of Great Green Wall Day in Damaturu with a theme ‘Push Back the Desert’ introduced a new technology of planting trees using a Groasis water boxx that would conserve water for a long period.
“We feel delighted to have you on this special day to mark the Great Green Wall day with a theme “Push Back the Desert”. I am glad to state that the GGW day is marked and celebrated around the GGW pan African countries and in Nigeria, across the 11 frontlines states including FCT”
“As part of the flagging of the special day, we will introduce the agency’s new technology for planting by using the Groasis water boxx to support trees to survive in difficult circumstances’ ‘.
As part of the activities to also mark the day, the team visited two primary and secondary schools as well as Federal Polytechnic all in Damaturu the state capital to inculcate the habit of tree planting among the pupils and students.
Garba Tahiru Usman, Director Forestry and Wildlife Services in the state Ministry of Environment, who represented the Yobe state government revealed, the new technology which is at the trial stage, when succeeded will help in curbing the encroachment of the desertification in the northern parts of the state.
The Team also paid a royal visit to the Emir of Damaturu, Alhaji Shehu Hashimi II Ibn Elkanemi to solicit for this support in sensitizing his districts and ward heads in the on the importance of tree planting as well discourage peeling of live trees.