The Enugu State Ministry of Environment has advised Nigerians to adopt a lifestyle of tree planting in a bid to control erosion in the country.
This call was made by the Director of Climate Change, Enugu State Ministry of Environment, Mr. Nnamdi Arum, on Wednesday in Enugu.
He noted that flooding and erosion could be effectively checked through tree planting.
He also added that trees serves as windbreakers in an environment.
“Trees serve as windbreakers in an environment where heavy wind can cause damage to buildings and other property.
“They provide shade for us and prevent the direct impact of sun rays on the human body,” Arum said.
Arum therefore pleaded with the government and all well-meaning Nigerians to assist the tree planting awareness campaign all across states in the country.
“It is very important to create public awareness on tree planting to ensure erosion-free environment, especially in flood and erosion-prone communities in Nigeria.
“People living in flood and erosion-prone areas should develop the habit of planting and replacing trees when they are cut down in their environment.
“The effort will go a long way to protect such erosion and flood-prone areas,’’ the environmental expert stated.
Arum laid special emphasis on the importance of the campaign in enlightening residents on the benefits of trees in any environment.