Nigeria: Desert encroaches on nation at 600 meters per annum

“At the current estimate, desert encroaches into the Nigerian landmass
at the speed of 600 meters per annum, thereby threatening the
country’s food base,” he said. He said that there was need to change
Nigerian’s attitude towards the forest, which could only be done by
integrating the needs of the masses into the forest development
plans. “We need to work towards a policy on alternative energy use by
Nigerians. We need to emphasise on non-timber forestry products. This
is the only way we can make our forest management sustainable.

“We should also embark on campaigns for the people to start planting
fuel woods for their domestic use, in order to conserve our forest
reserves. Once this is done, we would be able to have sustainable
forest management system in place,” he said. A statement issed
yesterday by Special Assistant to the Minister of Envronment, Mr
Rotimi Ajayi, noted that the Minister, Mr John Odey, was worried by
the state of things and charged the people to cultivate non-timber
forest trees to combat desertification in the Northern belt of

Odey gave the charge during a meeting with officials of the Forestry
Unit of the ministry in Abuja, weekend. According to Ajayi, the
meeting was to enable the minister appraise the unit’s scope of work
and gravity of the problems of desertification in Nigeria.
“Deforestation has been estimated to contribute not less than 20 per
cent to climate change globally and Nigeria ranks highest in Africa,
on the problem of deforestation.

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Comments (5)

OYATOYE OLUWATOSINJanuary 28th, 2009 at 9:00 am

i suggest that govt. should set up an organization to check timber industry and make sure for every tree fallen there should be a replacement by planting two or more trees

Falade O.S.August 28th, 2009 at 8:46 am

The use of some drought resistant crops like acacia will help in our quest for solution to desert encroachment into Nigeria

Princess T. S. BentemNovember 16th, 2009 at 4:20 pm

It is petinent that graduates of environmental education be employed as extension workers,this will ensure that there is enough sensitisation in rural areas on the dangers of over-cultivation of forest resources especially wood resources. An alternative to fuel wood should be provided at an affordable rate. If this is not done the villagers wil be forced to depend heavily on on fuel wood.

Princess T. S. BentemNovember 16th, 2009 at 4:38 pm

There is need for alternatives to timber products especially in the furniture indusury.This will divert attention from timber resources.

Sani B AbbaDecember 11th, 2009 at 12:11 pm

The government should fund researches in to the roles played by the various indicators of desertification with a view to quantifying the extent of participation of each indicator.

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