Monday, June 30, 2014 10:15 pm
Kano (Kano State) – The Kano State Government has provided 50 kilometers of land for the Great Green Wall project in four local government areas of the state.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, made this known on Monday at the opening of a one-day training of rural women on the use of alternative energy to save the environment.
Abbas said the state government aimed to improve soil fertility and fight desert encroachment so as to complement the efforts of the Federal government in the Great Green Wall initiative.
The commissioner explained that the workshop was organised to give the rural women other alternatives to firewood so as to reduce cutting down of trees.
“The state government has nursed about three million seedlings which will be distributed to farmers for plantation to save the land from erosion and other environmental factors”, Abbas said.
He said women from 11 local government areas in Kano North had benefitted from the training and the next batch of women from other parts would be trained soon.
The Coordinator of the state Afforestation Centre, Alhaji Ali Dauda, said the workshop would enlighten the rural women on the new alternative sources of energy.
Dauda said it would also open ways for them to explore the importance of tree planting in the environment and modern ways of nursing them.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Kano State Ministry of Environment organised the one-day training for rural women.