Zamfara commences full implementation of Great Green Wall project

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GUSAU – Great Green Wall (GGW) project, aimed at combating desertification 11 northern , has commenced fully   State, Mr Mouktar Lugga, Commissioner for Environment, has said.

Lugga told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Gusau on Sunday, state had overcome its initial problems.

He said most of the trees withered away while those managed to survive were either eaten or trampled upon by animals followed the routes.

NAN learnt over 75,000 trees were planted two local government areas of the state, the GGW.

Lugga said: “We started planting at the end of rainy last year and seedlings did not get the full benefit of the rains.

“But now, we have started early and what we are doing is to replant some of plants that have withered away.

“ What we have now is a more coordinated Greet Green Wall project.’’

The commissioner said the state had chosen four communities along border towns that would benefit the project,

He added that the state had covered 16 kilometres out of 100 kilometres earmarked for the project.

Lugga said that the role of the was to provide logistics and technical know- how to ensure the implementation of the project.

On deforestation, the commissioner said that the would also collaborate to provide clean cook stoves for use by women.

“We are going to buy more and distribute them to women. We cannot tell them to stop cutting trees when we have not provided alternative for them.

“So, we will provide them alternative to discourage deforestation,’’ he said (NAN)