04 August 2021 By Remi Johnson
The FCT Administration is to commence an annual award to the best environmental friendly Area Council in the Territory.
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani
Aliyu, made this known during the 2021 tree planting campaign and distribution of tree seedlings to area councils, communities and schools in Kuje Junior Secondary School, Abuja.
According to Dr Aliyu, the move was part of measures to support actualization of President Muhammadu Buhari’s pledge that Nigeria would within a 10 year period plant 25 million trees to address the effects of carbon sink and climate change in the country.
The minister explained that the administration had sustained the tree planting campaign with the planting of over 12,000 trees across the six area councils annually as part of efforts by the FCT Administration to reclaim lost trees and forests as well as keep the existing forest landscapes intact.
Aliyu, who described the theme: “Forest Restoration: A Path to Recovery and Well-being” as apt, however, stressed that the theme sets an agenda for countries to demonstrate practical commitments to the safety of the environment by engaging in actions that would address issues of land degradation, desertification and effective management of the ecosystem .
The Minister used the medium to call on developers to make adequate provisions to accommodate trees in their estates.
she also pointed out that it was against the law to cut down trees without recourse to the relevant extant environmental laws, as obtained in the nation’s capital
Her Words:”you will recall that in 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Climate Action Summit organized by the United Nations, pledged that Nigeria will within a 10 year period plant 25 million trees to mitigate the effects of climate change and enhance the country’s carbon sink, but how will government’s agenda to plant 25 million trees within 10 years benefit the ordinary Nigerian?”
The minister also hinted that the administration had begun the process of training and empowering FCT Forest Guards to enable them effectively carry out surveillance activities to prevent further damage to the eco system
On his part the Acting Secretary Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat, Mr. Ibe Prospect, who noted that the global community was facing challenges of climate change, said harmful agricultural practices and developmental activities had largely contributed to the destruction of billions of trees around the globe.
Ibe also said that the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat had intensified public enlightenment campaign in all the area councils, to ensure that relevant stakeholders such as the area council authorities, traditional institutions, estate developers and students were carried along to engage in practical activities towards tree planting and forest restoration.
The event also featured the distribution of tree seedlings to stakeholders and planting of trees by the FCT Minister of State and traditional rulers.
Some residents who spoke with kapital FM said that tree planting could among other things prevent erosion.