The Director General of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall, Dr. Bukar Hassan has reiterated the agency’s commitment in enhancing food security and sustainability through improved use of land and other natural resources.
Dr. Bukar stated this during the opening ceremony of a five-day training for youths and women on various skills, held in Kano.
The Director General who was represented by the Director Training, Alhaji Ahmed Majidadi Bagudu explained that, the agency was established with a mandate to combat land degradation and desertification in order to restore essential ecosystem services that are key to reducing poverty and enhancing food security.
He pointed out that the Agency had selected young men and women from 11 operational states which include kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Adamawa, Yobe and Borno to train them on various entrepreneurship skills.
The Director noted that, 120 youths and women are currently recieving training on tailoring, carpentry, soap making among others to make them self reliant.
Dr. Bukar urged participants to be good ambassadors of the Agency by passing the knowledge gained to others who were not part of the training to achieve the desired objectives.
Some of the participants who spoke to Radio Nigeria expressed delight for being part of the program and promised to work hard and make judicious use of the knowledge gained as well as entrepreneurship materials given to them during the training.