The National Agency for the Great Green Wall (NAGGW), under the stewardship of Dr. Yusuf Maina Bukar, is steadfastly working towards expediting its mission to provide high-quality services to the Nigerian populace. The agency has been vigorously transforming the arid landscapes of Nigeria through an aggressive tree-planting initiative and has demonstrated remarkable performance in various facets, including accountability, human capital development, employment generation, and more.
These affirmations were made by the Civil Society Organization Budget Implementation, Assessment, Evaluation, and Monitoring Committee during a recent press conference held at the NUJ Press Centre in Abuja on Sunday. Speaking on behalf of the CSO Committee, Chairman Chief Ogakwu Dominic lauded NAGGW as a valuable partner in the civil society community, committed to fulfilling the vision set forth by President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, which revolves around bringing ‘renewed hope’ to Nigerians.
Dominic emphasized that their acknowledgment of NAGGW’s numerous achievements and Dr. Maina’s contributions to sustaining the progress initiated by his predecessors is not meant to elevate him to sainthood but rather to highlight the agency’s dedication to heeding the people’s voice.
Comrade Emmanuel Johnny, the Committee Adviser, also addressed the gathering and explained that the CSO has consistently monitored the agency’s activities, including the Zonal Intervention Projects and all constituency projects of the National Assembly that are administered by NAGGW, which have yielded fruitful results.
He stated, “Under this administration, which has only been in office for around a hundred days, civil society has reasserted its role as society’s watchdog. Our activities are rooted in the belief that the government will provide the much-needed support. This committee was formed by a coalition of civil society practitioners with this trust at its core.”
He continued, “Our gathering today aims to publicly present NAGGW’s performance record to Nigerians, allowing them to discern fact from fiction. This press briefing has become essential given current events on one hand and the necessity to inform, sensitize, and raise awareness about the agency’s operational methods on the other. We hope that this will foster an honest and patriotic discourse among all.”
Johnny also acknowledged recent reports in national newspapers regarding the National Assembly’s statement on NAGGW. While expressing deep respect for the Legislative Arm of Nigeria’s government, he urged them to exercise prudence and decorum in their oversight functions to prevent misrepresentation that could tarnish the integrity of their partners in progress.
He concluded, “It is important to note that the NAGGW, under the leadership of its current Director General and CEO, Dr. Yusuf Maina Bukar, has been a valuable collaborator with the civil society community, consistently driven to fulfill the office’s mandate, particularly now as President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has brought ‘Renewed Hope’ to all Nigerians through his people-centric and inclusive leadership style. Our engagement with the agency has included continuous monitoring and evaluation of all their activities, including the Zonal Intervention Projects and all constituency projects of the National Assembly administered by NAGGW.”
Some of the agency’s notable achievements encompass transparent leadership, accountability, human capital development, capacity building, and job creation.