Abuja - A Bill for an Act to establish the
National Agency for the Great Green Wall has passed second reading at the
The bill seeks to establish the National Agency for the Great
Green Wall for the implementation of the provisions of the convention on the
Great Green Wall programme in Nigeria, management of drought, desertification
and afforestation control measures and related matters.
Leading the debate on the bill on Wednesday, the Senate
leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, said if passed into law will help safeguard the
environment, ensure food security, reduce unemployment and poverty, protect
citizens in the affected parts from vagaries of weather, reduce strife and
criminality, ensure sustainable livelihood and avert a major catastrophe in the
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He said desertification affected an area of about 393 168 square kilometers, which is about 43
percent of the total land area of Nigeria and thus called on all the Senators
to support the bill for seconding reading and passage into law.
Senator Ali Ndume, in his contribution said drought was a
frequent problem in the country. He said Nigeria was among the initiator of the
Great Green Wall programme but the country has not established the Agency.
“President Goodluck Jonathan would be anxious to sign the
bill into law before leaving the office this month,” Ndume said.
In his remark, the Senate President, David Mark, said
anything that affected 43 percent of the total land area of Nigeria was a
“It is a pity that the bill is coming late but it is an
excellent bill wonderful,” Mark said.
He urged that when the bill was finally passed into law, its
implementation should be taken seriously.
The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on
Environment and Agriculture for further legislative action.
- CAJ News