The federal government said on Friday it approved a temporary site for the establishment of a Federal College of Forestry in the Jere local government area of Borno state.
The Minister of the Environment, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, said this after a meeting with Governor Babagana Zulum, at the Government House in Maiduguri.
Abubakar said details on the launching of the institutions will be released through the committee established by the ministry that will be chaired by Professor Adeshola Adepoju, director general of the Forest Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN).
Abubakar also said that the ministry had signed an agreement with UNESCO to implement a project known as “Lake Chad Biosphere and Heritage” aimed at safeguarding the environment.
He said that the project would also 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.
The minister said the ministry has initiated relevant projects and programs to support Borno in the fight against desertification and climate action, through its Great Green Wall program and the Forest Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN).
Abubakar said it had produced a total of around 1.3 million varieties of seedlings, while 60 kilometers of shelter belt were planted along with the 140-hectare-long timber plant.
He urged the Borno government to register a land that would be developed to be considered in the future forest reserve for the development of the state and the environment.
He said he was in the state for a working visit and also to interact with Governor Zulum in his areas of interest for the implementation of various projects under the ministry.
In response, Governor Zulum said that the state government would do everything possible to support the federal government in its plan to establish the university 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 of Forestry in the village of Khadamari in Jere.
“As you are aware of the arid nature of the state, I believe that with the establishment of the university, the people would benefit greatly as it will play a vital role in combating desertification and climate action,” said Zulum.