A Non-Governmental Organisation, Green Network Initiative Forum, said it has planted about 12,748 assorted tree seedlings in some parts of Jigawa state to curb desertification.
Mr. Suleiman Tijjani, the Coordinator of the Forum, made this disclosure on Monday in Gumel Local Government Area of the state, during the kick-off of the forum’s annual tree planting campaign.
“This forum, since its creation in 2016, has been able to plant at least 12,748 assorted tree seedlings in schools, MDAs, health facilities, public buildings and strategic points to check desertification.
“The forum has also conducted drain clearance in several parts of Dutse, the state capital in order to ensure clean environment. So, we are gathered here in Gumel to flag off the 2019 tree planting campaign initiated by this forum.
“Like previous years, this year’s campaign theme is “One Man One Tree”,” Tijjani said.
Tijjani stressed the importance of tree planting to the environment and advised people against falling trees indiscriminately.
“You see, people must always protect their environment by planting more trees as they beautify as well as protect the environment. So the forum feels it should contribute its quota in protecting and beautifying the environment through planting of trees.
“Therefore, the forum will remain committed through action, creating awareness and sensitisation through various means in making the environment clean and green,” he stated.
He also called on individuals to partner the government in checking desertification, flooding and others.
“We want also to see that individuals contribute their own quota in complementing governmental efforts in combating the menace of climate change, change in rainfall pattern, desertification, erosion, flooding and diseases associated to untidy environment,” he said.
The Emir of Gumel, HRH Alh. Ahmed Mohammed Sani II(CON), on his part, lauded the forum for its quest to check desertification in the state.
“We are extremely happy with this tree-planting campaign. This is because desertification is what we are battling with because of our closeness to Niger Republic.
“We are just 20 kilometers away from Niger republic and we are threatened by desert encroachment. However, these trees planted today will contribute immensely in tackling the menace,” the traditional ruler said.