14 March 2008

Ghana: Country to Experience Drought & Famine If Desertification Continues

A group, calling itself Fighting Against Desert Encroachment (FADE), has hinted about imminent drought and famine in the country, as a result of desertification, which has engulfed the African continent.

The group, which is currently in Ghana, as part of its tour to 13 countries in Africa by road, to reach out to Africans on the repercussions of desertification, said the drought after affecting countries in Africa, was fast approaching Northern Ghana and Nigeria.

Briefing the press, at the Nigerian High Commission, Dr. Newton Jibunoh, a scientist, said the drought and famine could be attributed to the ecological changes, intimating that last year most countries experienced droughts.

He noted that the drought would take place, and severe famine would follow in the next few years, and that a lot of farmlands would be lost to desertification.

He observed that migration on farmlands was also a great contributory factor to the desertification problem African was currently experiencing.

Dr. Jibunoh urged that the earth should be taken good care of, since there was no other planet in the world where life could be found, adding, "Africans must not wait until there is a disaster before counting on foreign humanitarian assistance, some of these countries are getting tired, it happened in Ethiopia, Niger, Chad, it is going to happen in some countries in the next few years."

The scientist intimated that after covering 13 countries, the team would then pass through London, Bohn, in Germany, and Spain to meet the United Nations Convention on Desertification, which has invited them to submit a report on the desertification situation in Africa.

He was overwhelmed that in all the countries the team visited, they received great cooperation from the various heads of states, who showed a lot of interest in how to solve the problem of desertification.

Answering questions on his expeditions in the deserts, he said he had been attacked by bandits and people, who have threatened his life before, but worst of all the attacks was an incident in which he was blown by sand wind.

He urged all individuals, to plant at least one tree, to boost the environment, and prevent drought, emphasizing, "If we are able to do it, Nigeria doing it, Ghana doing it, Niger doing it, Chad doing it, we would have succeeded in greening the whole place."

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