By: Bamidele Fashube
The Federal Government on Friday disclosed plans to establish College of Forestry in Jere Local Government Area of Borno state.
Already, said it has approved a temporary site for the institution.
The Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar, made the disclosure after a meeting with Governor Babagana Zulum, at the Government House in Maiduguri.
Abubakar who was in the state on a work visit and to also interface with Governor Zulum on his areas of interest for the implementation of various projects under the ministry, said details on the take-off of the institutions would be made known through the committee set up by the ministry to be chaired by Prof. Adeshola Adepoju, Director General, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN).
He also said the ministry had signed an agreement with UNESCO to implement a project known as “Biosphere and Heritage of Lake Chad” aimed toward safeguarding the environment.
According to him, the project would focus on accompanying the Member States in the preparation of a dossier for the creation of a transboundary biosphere reserve in the basin and a nomination of the lake as a World Heritage Site.
He noted that the ministry through its Great Green Wall program and the Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), has initiated relevant projects and programmes toward supporting the state in fighting desertification and climate action.
In his response, Gov Zulum said the state government would do everything possible to support the Federal Government in its plan to establish the college in the state.
“I am pleased to notify the people of Borno that the Federal Government in its magnanimity has approved the establishment of the Federal College Forestry at Khadamari village in Jere.
“As you are aware of the arid nature of the state, I believe with the established of the college, the people would benefit a lot as it will play a vital role in the fight against desertification and climate action,” Zulum said.