Bauchi Govt Flags Off Tree Planting Campaign To Fight Desertification

In a demonstration to protect the environment and fight desertification, Bauchi State government has flagged off the massive planting of trees across the state with the commencement of planting of 5,000 trees in Sabon Kaura, a suburbs of Bauchi metropolis. 

While flagging off the exercise on Saturday, the Commissioner of Environment and Housing, Hamisu Muazu Shira tasked people of the state on the need to embark on massive tree planting in a bid to curb desertification and other environmental challenges in the state.

Hamisu Muazu Shira while launching the planting of the 5,000 units of trees in the area, reaffirmed the readiness of the Ministry and BASEPA in particular in supporting communities to engage in such exercise. 

He said that the state government will assist people of the state with seedlings and other facilities in order to encourage tree planting to ensure conducive environment for people to live.

The Commissioner said that, “We are willing to provide seedlings to people in all the senatorial zones to fight desertification and other environmental issues. We have so many plans for our environment to be safe of all of us.”

The Environment and Housing Commissioner who applauded communities of Sabon Kaura for engaging in cleaning of their environment especially drainages, called on other communities to emulate. 


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

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