17 June 2021 By Remi Johnson
In a bid to check desertification, the Federal Capital Terriory Administration is to plant 170,000 tree seedlings across the FCT.
The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello made this known at the 2021 World Desertification Day and launching of FCT Tree Planting campaign, organised by the Department, Parks and Recreation in Abuja.
He said this is in fulfillment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise at the 74th UN General Assembly that the Federal Government would plant 25 million trees to mitigate impact of climate change.
The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, said tree planting was a great responsibility aimed at not only protecting and conserving the environment for the future but also for improving its aesthetic beauty.
“This is particularly essential for Abuja, the capital city of our country where a green and well laid-out natural environment will further crystallise her image as one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” Bello said.
The minister added that about 20 NGOs and other stakeholders would actively support the planting of the tree seedlings across the FCT.
Bello also noted that the FCTA 2019 FCT Park Policy stipulates that subsequent layout designs in the FCT shall provide for not less than 33 per cent land for parks, green areas and spaces
Earlier, the Director, Parks and Recreation Department, Mrs Risikatu Abdulazeez said the department would continue to champion the campaign against deforestation.
“when we are able to combat desertification, drought will also be taken care of and our land will be restored.”
The director also hinted hat the department would collaborate with NGOs with similar initiative in planting trees across the nooks and crannies of the FCT.