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FG to intervene in Nguru Ecological challenge

Minister of Environment, Mallam Mohammed Abdulahi Photo: Godson Elekwachi

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the Presidential Committee on the Implementation of Nguru Ecological Intervention Programme.

This followed the request by the Emir of Nguru, Alhaji Mustafa Ibn Mai Kyari on behalf of the Forest Farmers (Nguru) Cooperative Society for ecological funds for the afforestation of degraded land to mitigate climate change impacts within the Emirate.

Represented by the minister of Environment Mallam Mohammed Abdulahi, President Buhari said the request was in conformity with the vision and developmental agenda of his administration especially the attainment of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) and global emission reduction goal.

He emphasized the Federal Government’s commitment to tackling climate change and environmental challenges, food security, as well as other socio-economic problems across the country while improving the general wellbeing of citizens.

He, however, acknowledged that Government alone could not do it, and called for collaborative effort of all stakeholders including the Royal Fathers to make life better for the people through degraded lands restoration, mitigation of climate change impacts as well as improved livelihoods.

The Committee is made up of representatives of Federal Ministry of Environment, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Agricultural and Rural and Management Training Institute Forest Farmers of Nguru.

Mallam Abdulahi says, “I am confident that the Committee being inaugurated today is composed of seasoned professionals and bureaucrats that would produce results that would assist not only in the delivery on the assignment at hand but also in the achievement of the far-reaching Government policies on environment and climate change. Let me on this note, congratulate you for being counted worthy to be part of the team as we collaborate and make contributions towards safeguarding our environment and enhancement of wellbeing of our citizens. “

Members of the committee which is expected to submit its report by the 27th January, 2023 are Sami Hajara Umar – Director, Forestry (Chairperson) Aiwuyo Christopher O. – Deputy Director, Forestry (Member) Bagudo Ahmed Majidadi – Deputy Director, NAGGW (Member) Mustapha Iyabo – Assistant Director, FMA&RD (Member) Mr Peter Henry Sule – Chief Irrigation Engineer- Federal Ministry of Water Resources (Member) Mr Bayo David – Head Montane Research Outstation, FRIN (Member)Dr. Olufemi A. Oladunni – ED. ARMTI (Member)Representative – Forest Farmers of Nguru (Member) Dr Innocent Alenyi – Assistant Director, NGGW (Secretary).

Reporting by Godson Elekwachi; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino