There is an indication that Nigeria is losing about 924,000 square meters of land daily to population growth.
The Minister of Environment, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, who said this in Abuja during his visit to the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW).
He assured that the federal government is deeply committed to transforming the drylands for the benefit of Nigerians living in affected communities.
Zarma enjoined NAGGW to synergize with consultants and engages the services of forest guards that would protect the trees in the frontline states.
He further pleaded with the agency to nurture the trees.
Responding, the Director-General of NAGGW, Dr. Bukar Hassan, commended the minister for visiting the agency despite its tight schedule.
Hassan asserts that the agency is working relentlessly towards the actualization of its objectives by developing and promoting sustainable agriculture and water management practices and ecological restoration of degraded ecosystems using appropriate techniques and technology.
He believes in improving information sharing and cooperation among stakeholders as well as improving knowledge on desertification and drought.
The DG reported that the Agency has concluded plans to rehabilitate 22, 500 square meters of degraded land in the dry region for agricultural activities.
He promised that NAGGW would improve the livelihood of over 40 million people by 2030.