23 March 2021 by IFEANYI OSITA
A former Ambassador of Nigeria to Vietnam, Mathias Okafor has called on Nigerians and stakeholders in the environment sector to join hands with government to mitigate the impact of climate change and other environmental challenges in the country.
He made the call in Abuja at an event organized by a non governmental organization, Earth Environment and Climate Care Ambassadors to commemorate the twenty twenty one UN Forest Day.
Ambassador Okafor who decried the indiscriminate felling of trees by Nigerians, said there was need to engage in massive tree planting especially economic trees to address environmental challenges and create more jobs in the country.
In an address, the National President of the Earth Environment and Climate Care Ambassadors, Mr James Ajah explained that five thousand forest ambassadors inaugurated at the event would serve as volunteers to join in the fight against climate change and global warming.
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, represented by the Director Urban and Regional Development in the Ministry, Olasukanmi Dumoye advised Nigerians to take the issue of climate change seriously and engage in tree planting to protect the environment.
On her part, the National President, National Council for Women Societies, Gloria Shoda pledged the commitment of women to reduce the effects of climate change.