Aregbesola Orders Govt Institutions To Plant 60 Trees Each

The Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday gave an executive order to all the state government’s institutions, ministries, departments and agencies on the need to plant at least 60 seedling of trees in commemoration of his 60th birthday anniversary.

He also asked all traditional rulers across the state to follow suit by ensuring that they plant 60 seedling of trees within their domains.

Governor Aregbesola gave the order while planting trees in commemoration of his 60th birthday anniversary.

The programme which was organised by the state-owned television station (Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, OSBC), was aimed at complementing the government’s policies on tree planting in the state.

Aregbesola, who lamented over the environmental challenges of global warming, said it had become mandatory for all agencies of government to complement the state’s efforts on trees plantation.

He said the order was aimed at complementing the already 2.5 million trees planted across the state by his administration.

The governor noted that the effort was necessary to save the society from environmental degradation, which according to him, had led to many environmental disasters in the world.

Furthermore, Aregbesola said the state was bent on fostering relationship with individuals or groups that could support the resuscitation campaigns to actualise green environment.

He believes the role of trees in man’s life can never be measured and by extension, the sustainability of man’s life relies heavily on plants.

Stating some of the benefits of trees in the society, he said: “If we do not have trees, life will seize on earth because trees are the only source of oxygen that man derives to live.

“Just as the trees need carbon-dioxide to succeed, so does man need oxygen from trees to survive in life. So, when one looks at the symbiotic relationship between man and plant, one can not but appreciate the essence of trees on earth for human and animal survival.

“In view of this, it has become an order for all the government institutions, ministries, departments, agencies, parastatals, hospitals, courts, schools, State House of Assembly among others to henceforth commence trees planting.

“All these institutions, agencies and parastatals must ensure that they plant 60 seedling of trees each within 90 days.

“We urge our traditional rulers to key into this scheme as part of efforts to rescue our society from all forms of environmental challenges.

“This is not a joke anymore. Unlike before that we only urged people to plant trees to commemorate their birthdays, now, it has become an order that must be implemented in the interest of ourselves and our dear state,” the governor added.

FG, Ogun Govt. Flag Off 50 Hectares Tree Planting Project

FG, Ogun Govt. Flag Off 50 Hecters Tree Planting ProjectThe Nigerian government and the Ogun state government have flagged off 50 hectares of tree planting programme to effectively address deforestation and the abuse of forest reserves in the state as a result illegal tree felling and land clearing for agricultural purposes.

At a ceremony held at Olokemeji Forest Reserve in the state, the Minister of Environment, represented by a director in the ministry, Mr Philip Bankole, said that the federal government was ready to take drastic measures and make policies to control the wanton destruction of forest reserves across the country.

He enlisted the support and understanding of state governments, community leaders, and members of the Processed Wood Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria to be at the vanguard of protecting the forests from further degradation.

“We must fashion out appropriate strategies and policies for sustainable forest management in our country with the entire citizenry adapting to responsible behaviour.

“It is not only the loggers that destroy our forests, even the hunter that puts fire into the forest.

“So, the federal government will continue to provide the necessary policy guidelines, facilitate dialogue with relevant stakeholders and provide the needed enabling environment for stakeholders to participate in afforestation and sustainable forest management in our country,” he said.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Forestry, Kolawole Lawal, said: “Today we are witnessing the flag-off of 50 hectares of tree planting in our state.

“This development is highly instructive as the administration is taking steps to mitigate the effects of climate change and all hands must be on deck to support this initiative.”

The National Chairman of the Processed Wood Producers and Marketers Association of Nigeria said that despite the rich varieties of Nigeria’s forest and wildlife, this source of national pride is being threatened by deforestation.

“Massive reforestation is the answer, the earlier we find alternative to fuel wood, the better. Obviously, government alone cannot do it, just like the education trust fund, government should create a trust fund to be funded with tax and levies on all forest products,” he said.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Nigeria is losing about 350,000 to 400,000 annually representing 55.7% of its forest reserves to wanton, illegal and uncontrolled tree felling.

The effects remain visible as this has brought untoward stress on the environment which has manifested in massive gully erosion and imbalance in the ecosystem.

FG To Ban Felling Of Trees To Avert Desertification

Felling of Trees, Desertification, The Federal Government is working towards putting a ban on felling of trees as a means of addressing the challenge of desertification in Nigeria.

The Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, announced the plan on Wednesday at a public forum on desertification and deforestation organised by the European Union.

Mrs Mohammed laments that about 1.5 million trees are cut daily in Nigeria, thereby creating room for desert encroachment.

On his part, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, hinted that the Senate was considering a bill to improve forestry in Nigeria.

At an earlier event to flag-off the ‘Keep Kaduna Green Project’, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed worry that Nigeria has the highest rate of deforestation in the world in spite of campaigns against such acts.

Restore The Environment

The President was represented by the Environment Minister at the event designed to plant one million trees annually in Kaduna State.

He pointed out that over 576 million trees were lost annually due to deforestation, adding that the situation had led to the increased rate of desertification, flooding and drought in some parts of Nigeria.

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President Buhari feared that with the upsurge in the rate of deforestation, the Federal Government’s effort to achieve the forest cover and restore the environment by 25% might be a tall dream.

Paid For Growing Trees 

In another development, the Federal Ministry of Environment reiterated its commitment to forestry development with a view to checkmate the effects of climate change in Nigeria.

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, stressed the importance of agriculture and forestry to national economy and security.

He also expressed concern over the negative destruction of the nation’s forests which he said had led to numerous environmental challenges.

Mr Jibrin called on farmers and other stakeholders to come up with solutions on how to combat climate change and deforestation in Nigeria.

If Nigeria could enact a law that would proscribe felling of trees, the nation could be added to the list of countries getting paid for keeping their forests.

Over eight countries get the REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) funds.

REDD+ is the UN led mechanism which helps countries earn dollars by not cutting trees and saving carbon dioxide in forests.

Environmental experts estimate that if a nation upholds deforestation and also plant new trees, it can earn $4 – 12 billion

Gov. Ahmed Canvasses Effective Management Of The Environment

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Gov Ahmed says he won’t tolerate commercial activities that adversely affect the environment.

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has called for effective management of the environment to protect the eco-system and save it from depletion and over-exploitation.

Governor Ahmed made the call when executive members of the Kwara State Forestry Stakeholders Congress led by its president, Abdullahi Agbobamu visited him at the Governor’s Lodge in Ilorin, the state capital.

According to him,” there is a growing concern over poor management of the environment which leads to desertification and depletion of the environment”.

The governor called on the Congress not to engage in acts that could hurt the environment with a view to saving the environment from losing its values.

The governor charged members of the congress to partner with the government in the conservation of the environment and creation of wealth.

“The danger is not in the felling of trees but in not planting more trees to guide against deforestation and desertification.

Efforts must be made by stakeholders and,  in deed,  all Nigerians to protect our environment by embracing the tree planting culture”, the governor said.

The governor promised to support the congress through the micro, small and medium enterprises platforms in order to promote their businesses.

Buhari Decries Rate Of Deforestation In Nigeria

deforestation, Tree Planting, KadunaPresident Muhammadu Buhari has expressed worry that Nigeria has the highest rate of deforestation in the world in spite of campaigns against such acts.

The President made the remark at the flag-off ceremony of the Keep Kaduna Green Project, designed to plant one million trees annually in the state.

Represented by the Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, President Buhari pointed out that over 576 million trees are lost in the country annually due to deforestation.

He said that this situation has led the increased rate of desertification, flooding and drought in some parts of the country.

President Buhari feared that with the growing deforestation in the country, the effort of the federal government to achieve the forest cover and restore the environment by 25% might be a tall dream.

He commended the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai for the initiative which he said would go a long way in combating illegal felling of trees and restoring the green environment in the state.

On his part, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that the project, apart from restoring the environment, will also create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.

Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba and his Kebbi State counterpart, Atiku Bagudu were among the dignitaries who planted trees to flag off the Keep Kaduna Clean Project, with a determination to replicate same in their states.

According to environmental experts, Nigeria has one of the world’s highest rate of deforestation of primary forests, where more than 50% of such forests have been lost in the past decades through unsustainable logging.

These practices contribute to the environmental challenges such as erosion, flooding, desertification among others.

An estimated 1.3 billion people, or nearly 20% of the world’s population, rely on forests and forest products for their daily activities.

Stakeholders say the plan by the Kaduna State government to plant one million trees should be a project that should be keyed into by states and local government if the country must tackle erosion, flooding and other environmental challenges.

Meanwhile, the Director General of National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Dr Lawrence Anukam says the agency will deal with companies, organizations or individuals that degrade the environment through their operations.

This measures according to him is to mitigate all forms of environmental challenges in the country.