Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, says the Nigerian government will partner with affected desertificated areas’ indigenes to combat desertification and land degradation.
Odusote, who was on a familiarisation visit as the new permanent secretary of the ministry said that the government iswas putting efforts through the agency to discourage activities that would further degrade the lands.
“There should be advocacy visit to the states and locations where these activities take place for them to be more enlightened and educated on the devastating effects of the desertification and land degradation as well as the prospects.”
For the efforts that the agency has made on the projects of fighting desertification to be sustained, monitoring and evaluation should be carried out for assessment.”
The Director-General, Dr. Bukar Hassan of the agency said that emphasis was being laid on advocacy visit to state governments affected for a better understanding of the programme and for a stronger synergy between the agency and stakeholders.
He said that the advocacy visit would make the states Chief Executives to buy in the programmes and collaborate in many areas for the success of the programme.
Hassan said that monitoring and evaluation is one of the vital tools the agency was adopting to enable them assess what had been done so far and what step to be taken.
Desertification and land degradation has affected 11 states. They are Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Kastina, Borno, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Adamawa, Kano, and Yobe.