The National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW) is to partner with the Nigerian Prisons Service in tackling the menace of desertification.
A press statement from the agency signed by Larai Daze, Head, Press and Public Relations said this agreement was made when the Director General, NAGGW, Mr. Goni Ahmed paid a courtesy call on the Comptroller-General of Prisons Service, Mr. Ahmed Ja’afar.
According to the statement, Goni Ahmed said the GGW Agency “is put in place to embrace two key issues of land degradation and improve the livelihood of the people in 11 frontline states in northern Nigeria”
He said Nigerian Prisons Service is a key Government Agency involved in agricultural inputs and have a central command whereby is easy to pass directives or programmes that will improve the Agency.
“He said the Agency has indentified the excessive use of firewood, saying that in Nigeria almost 80%-90% use firewood for their cooking, saying that while the Agency is out there planting trees, some people are busy cutting trees. He noted that the use of firewood is more in organised places like the Prisons, bakeries, schools and many others with high concentration of people therefore needing high source of energy for cooking”
The statement said the CGP informed the visitors that the service has over 244 Prisons spread across the country out of which 16 are farm sectors specially established to teach the inmates the act of farming and animal husbandry
“He said the Prisons have high concentration of over 70, 000 people in custody using a lot of firewood for cooking for the inmates. He however assured that the service has taken steps realising it can’t continue to use firewood for cooking and is repositioning their kitchen in order to use gas which is mandatory to all prisons in the country”
“He also said they have started pilot projects on biogas in Port-Harcourt and Kirikiri with the intention to harness biogas option for cooking to contribute their quota to reduce cutting down of trees and excessive use of firewood for cooking, adding that in few years to come, the Prisons will face out the use of firewood.”