One million seedlings of economic trees, free to people in Sokoto (Nigeria)


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Governor Tambuwal planting a tree to flag off this year’s tree planting campaign in Sokoto. Photo: Sokoto Govt House

Desertification: Sokoto To Plant 1m Trees

Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State said, Tuesday, that the state government has raised no fewer than one million assorted seedlings of economic trees, to be distributed free to people in the state.

This, he said, is to mitigate the effect of desert encroachment threatening parts of the state.

Speaking at Bissalam village, Dange-Shuni Local Government of the state, at the launching of the 2016 Tree Planting Campaign Tuesday, Tambuwal said among the trees are moringa oleifera, baobab, mango, eucalyptus, cashew, neem, pawpaw and tamarind.

“These tree seedlings will be distributed free to the people in the 23 local governments across the state. Apart from serving some economic purposes, these trees will help in our re-afforestation efforts in the state.

“This is very crucial as such efforts are aimed at curbing the menace of the obnoxious perennial desert encroachment, as well as mitigating the impact of global warming,” he added.

Tambuwal said global warming had led to the drastic reduction of rainfall and the attendant consequences of flood, among other destructive natural phenomena.

He added that his administration had revamped the state shelterbelt project, while the federal government’s Great Green Wall Project was being successfully implemented in the state.

He announced that, all public officials in the state had been directed to immediately plant trees in their residences, offices and farms.

Read the full story: The Union

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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