1.8m Trees to Stop Desertification


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Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-rufai

Kaduna Plants 1.8m Trees to Stop Desertification

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The Kaduna State government is set to embark on a tree planting spree.This, Governor Nasiru Ahmad el-Rufa’i says would be used to preserve the environment.

Hassan Ibrahim,Kaduna(September 8)-The Kaduna state government has planned to plant 1.8 million tree seedlings in 2016 which would be used to preserve the environment ,Governor Nasiru Ahmad el-Rufa’i has said.

The governor said in Zaria,that “we shall continue to plant not less than 1.5 million seedlings annually.”
Similarly,Hajiya Amina Mohammed, Minister of Environment has expressed concern over incessant felling of trees in the country.

The minister and Governor el-Rufa’i spoke at the 2016 Tree Planting Campaign organised by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) with the theme “Go Wild For Life: Zero Tolerant For Illegal Trade In Wild Life” and sub-theme: “Reawakening Campaign For Sustainable Tree Planting”.

Amina who represented by the State Minister, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman-Jibril, Usman-Jibril lauded the efforts of ABU at maintaining a green environment.

The minister also spoke on the need for issues between Fulani and farmers to be addressed through afforestation to pave way for calmness in the society.

While speaking on the occasion,a former Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Ango Abdullahi advocated for establishment of Arizon Development Commission to deal with issues of deforestation, apart from social and economic problems of people in the area.

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Willem Van Cotthem

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