The Bill for an Act to Establish the National Agency for the Great Green Wall scaled through second reading at Nigeria’s senate. The Bill seeks to implement the Great Green Wall Programme in Nigeria by the establishment of an agency that would help tackle the problem of drought, desertification and other issues linked to desertification.
About 2,168 square kilometres of rangeland and crop land are lost each year in Nigeria, causing forced migration, rural poverty, social conflicts and adversely affecting communities of over 40 million people. 11 countries are involved in the programme that would tame the encroaching desert by planting a green wall of trees or shelterbelts from Kebbi state to Borno state, a distance of 1,500 kilometres. It is envisioned that programme would also provide water for irrigation, support animal husbandry, and promote alternative livelihoods to enhance rural economy and create jobs.
There are high hopes that the bill would be signed into law before the end of the present government, wrapping up on May 29, 2015.