The Federal Government is to launch the Great Green Wall Sahara Initiative (GWSI) in October, the Director, Drought and Desertification Amelioration in the Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr Bukhar Hassan, has said.
Hassan said yesterday that the launch would be done by President Goodluck Jonathan in Kano.
He said the project would be executed in phases over a 12-year period, across the 11 frontline states in Nigeria and would involve reforestation ranging from development of shelterbelts to woodlots, among others.
The frontline states are Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe, Kano, Bauchi and Borno.
The director said a committee had been raised by the Permanent Secretary in the Environment Ministry with members drawn from line ministries at the state and federal levels, as well as the civil society.
Hassan told NAN that the ministry had been working on the components of the project in order to get it started properly.
"The ministry (of Environment) has been doing a lot on the components of the project knowing that it covers a large area and there will be the need for the government to start the sensitisation process".