From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
The Federal Government has appointed former Director of Drought and Desertification Amelioration, Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Bukar Hassan as the new Director General of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW).
Dr. Hassan replaces Mr. Goni Ahmed who has been the DG since the inception of the agency until his recent disengagement after his 4 years tenure elapsed.
Dr. Hassan also headed several other positions such as Head of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) as well as former Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
In his short speech during the takeover ceremony, Dr. Hassan said he was actually coming back home.
According to him, there is very little he might not know in the Agency, thus urged the staff to work with him as a team.
In a statement by Head of Press and Public Relations, Larai Daze, Dr. Hassan emphasized need to work with the junior staff, saying that the most contribution comes from the lower cadre.
Dr. Hassan noted that he already received presidential directive to work harder and on regular basis brief him on activities of the Agency before the elections.
The DG said there is the need to strategise and collaborate with other government programmes to achieve the goal of the GGW programme.
He announced that the World Bank has promised to come up with financial support if justifiable which according to him is an encouraging opportunity to work harder for the development of the country.
In his remark, Mr. Abdulaziz Mohammed, who has been acting welcomed the DG describing his appointment as a home coming considering his past records.
He wished him a successful tenure and commended the management and entire NAGGW staff success in their endeavours.
Before his appointment, Dr. Bukar Hassan held different positions, from Head of Biological Sciences, University of Maiduguri and various positions in the Federal Ministry of Environment, such as National Project Coordinator of Global Environment Facility (GEF), Assisted Integrated Ecosytem Management (AIEM), Head Project Implementation Unit Great Green Wall and Director, Drought and Desertification Amelioration.
He also played major roles related to the Environment, First National Focal Point in the process leading to the negotiation and adaption and ratification by Nigeria of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and Mitigate the effects of drought particularly in Africa, Chairperson and African Representative on the review committee for the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Member Governing Board of Nigeria Geological Surveys and also Governing Board Member of the Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Agency.
Dr. Hassan rose to become the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment in 2015, and was redeployed to Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in 2017 until his retirement in September 2018. He has a Bsc in Botany from the University of Maiduguri, an Msc Crop Production from the University of Bath United Kingdom and a PHD in Arid Zone Ecology from the University of Wales. He also has three post-doctoral certificate from Silsoe Collage, University of Bedford United Kingdom, University of Dresden Germany and Centre for Research in Desertification Control, Valencia Spain.