Saturday, 29 July 2017

Kebbi State Government has reintroduced annual tree planting campaign with an aggressive approach

A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abubakar Mu’azu Dakingari says, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has ordered traditional rulers, community and religious leaders to mobilized all people and farmers to plant trees probably, economic trees in homes and on farmlands.
Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu gave the directives in a message to 2017 tree planting campaign held at Gayi Village, Kalgo Local Government Area.
Represented by the Chief Staff Government House, Birnin Kebbi, Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad Argungu, the Governor made its clear that, lack of trees in environment has been the main causes of desertification, flooding and erosion with severe consequences.

In addition he said youth affected by the desertification has led them into poverty, unemployment and migration.
The Governor said there were tresses of desertification in all the 21 local government areas of the state, but the situation is more prevalent in northern region part of the state affected Alieru, Argungu, Arewa, Augie, Birnin Kebbi, Bunza and Kalgo Local Government Areas.
He directed the general public and local government to pick tree seedlings from the Ministry of Environment for planting throughout the state.
Furthermore the Ministry of lands and housing as well as Kebbi State Urban Development Authority (KUDA) have been mandated to encourage house owners especially in housing estates to plan at least one tree in their homes as a protection against desertification.
The Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Muhammadu Suleiman Gado Marafa commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for his personal interest in tree planting and for given the Ministry the support to revived annual tree planting in the state.
He advised inhabitants in the state to plant trees in public places such as mosques, schools, churches, and all market places in view of the benefits of trees to humanity.
The Commissioner expressed unhappiness about the increased in illegal filling of trees in the state, which has rendered 350,000 acres of vegetation destroyed.
He warned people to desist from indiscriminate cutting down of trees, saying that the government would apply the relevant law to check the tread.
In a vote of thanks the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Environment, Alhaji Mahmud Umar Kalgo expressed appreciation on behalf of the Ministry to Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for providing the necessary support to revive tree planting in Kebbi State.
He advised the people to plant trees and nurtured them to maturity within their immediate environment.
The representatives of the Governor, Members of House of Assembly, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries other top government functionaries traditional rulers and the public assisted by members of the national youth service corps planted trees to mark the 2017 tree planting day.

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