Lawmaker urges Tinubu to probe ecological funds utilization for Great Green Wall

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Rep. David Fuoh, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) representing Gashaka/Kurmi/Sardauna Federal Constituency in Taraba, has called on the Federal Government to investigate the utilization of Ecological Funds allocated for the Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative. The lawmaker made this call while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Friday.

The Great Green Wall Initiative for the Sahara and Sahel Programme was adopted by the Head of Governments and States of the African Union in 2005 to address ecological challenges caused by climate change. Its main objectives include combating desertification, land degradation, and biodiversity loss while promoting climate change resilience in ecosystems and communities. The initiative aims to improve food security in 21 countries in the Sahel region of Africa.

In Nigeria, the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGVW) was established under the Federal Ministry of Environment to address land degradation, desertification, and support communities in adapting to climate change. The states affected by the initiative include Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Yobe, Zamfara, among others.

Rep. Fuoh emphasized the importance of the initiative in combatting the effects of climate change, especially as Nigeria aims to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2060. He highlighted Nigeria’s commitment to global environmental sustainability and its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which target a 20% reduction in emissions.

The lawmaker also cited a 2021 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), stating that countries participating in the GGW initiative have spent approximately $200 million since the project’s inception.

Rep. Fuoh’s call for a probe into the utilization of Ecological Funds for the GGW initiative comes as a step towards ensuring transparency and accountability in the implementation of the project. Such investigations are essential to address concerns about the proper utilization of funds and the effective achievement of the GGW’s objectives in Nigeria.

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