Mr Bala Gukut, Deputy Director, Department of Drought and Desertification Amelioration, Federal Ministry of Environment, has advised Nigerians to take measures to reduce land degradation in the country.
Gukut gave the advice in Abuja.
He said that Nigerians, especially those living in rural communities, should do everything possible to protect the land for useful developmental purposes.
“It is unfortunate that people do not accept change; they are not ready to adjust from the activities which their forefathers practised. When you tell them to change from the old attitude and educate them on the implications, they will tell you they cannot afford to change the practice,” he said.
“There are some activities which our forefathers practised that are currently affecting our lands; now we have discovered that if people continue with such activities, it will cause more harm to our land.We try to let people know that human activities such as bush burning and cutting of trees, among other activities, can cause land degradation.”
Gukut urged the citizens to embrace the concept of land degradation neutrality in their activities, saying that such efforts would promote the achievement of environmental sustainability by 2030.
He said that the ministry was partnering with relevant stakeholders to ensure the restoration of degraded lands across the country.