The Federal Ministry of Environment says it will train unemployed youths as forestry guards in Kebbi as part of measures to protect the 100 kilometre shelter belt project in the state.

Mr Ijioye Adekunle, the ministry’s Controller of Environment in the state, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday that the shelter belt project was established in Arewa and Dandi local government areas of the state.

He said that the engagement of the youths as forestry guards was in line with the Federal Government’s shelter belt programme.

Adekunle said the second phase of the project would involve the provision of perimeter fence, water and security along the stretch of the belt.

He said the project would involve 130 kilometres of five rows of trees with an interval of three metres.

The controller said that the programme was conceived to encourage planting of trees in the desert-prone areas to curtail  environmental degradation and boost livestock development.(NAN)

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