OXFAM has targeted about 32,000 people drawn from six local government areas of Bauchi State for massive tree seedling production to control desertification in the state.
WikkiTimes gathered that 360 communities from Alkaleri, Tafawa Balewa, Warji, Darazo, Gamawa and Shira local governments are keyed into the Scale-up of Community Tree Seedlings Production for Climate Change Resilient and Disaster Risks Education project.
OXFAM LINE Project Coordinator Bauchi Mr. Samuel Lashom said The project was aimed at educating local people, especially women and youths on how to be self-dependent by engaging themselves in savings, dry and rainy season farming as well as tree planting in order to fight desertification.
He said the project will not only assist in deforestation control in Bauchi State but will also improve the lives of the beneficiaries and also to discuss on way forward with government officials.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Budget and Economic Development Idris Saleh Giade, applauded the efforts of the non-governmental organizations which according to him will go a long way in changing the lives of the villagers.
Idris Giade equally appreciated the massive turnout by the people calling on them to utilize the equipment received and extend the knowledge they acquired to others for the benefit of all.
A cheque of one hundred thousand naira was also presented to Gagidiba Environmental Action Group for their utmost dedication and performance in implementing the project. The beneficiaries were supported with farm inputs which include fertilizer, seedlings, herbicides, and hand gloves among others.