09 September 2021 by Abdullahi jalaluddeen
The Kano State Government has flagged off the planting of 1 Million Trees as part of initiatives towards Addressing Climate change and preserving the ecosystem.
The State Commissioner of Environment, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso stated this at the flag off in kano.
He said the move was in line with the 2021 tree planting campaign with the theme: mitigating climate change effects and achieving beautification in Kano State aimed at checkmating the menace of indiscriminate felling of trees, climate change, soil erosion, land degradation and desertification.
Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso said the State had in 2020 experienced extreme heat with maximum temperature of about 44degrees Celsius which experts described as signs of global warming and climate change attributed to inadequate trees thereby having adverse effects on the environment.
He said To address the challenge and many others, the State in collaboration with Givfree Africa have concluded arrangements for plantng of 1million seedlings across the 44 LGAs of the State during a two week Campaign which will run in two phases.
The Commissioner noted that Notable places to cover included schools, hospitals, mosques and churches among other strategic places while zaria Road, B.U.K Newsite to Kabuga road and Gama community would all be covered in the first phase.
He explained that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is expected to kick off the second phase where at least 1200 seedlings would be planted at the Yusuf Maitama State University.
Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso highlited some.of the benefits of planting trees to include; supply of oxygen, improved air quality, providing natural air conditioning, control and reduction of climate change by absorbing Carbondioxide from the air among others.
“we have keyed into the National Great Green Wall Project and presently, actively participating in the Nigera Erosion and Watershed Management Project and most recently the State entered into a 20 year public-private partnership with a private company (CapeGate) in order to ensure efficient Municipal Solid Waste Management among many other intervention programs to address the problems”
Other measures include conduct of pests and vector control exercises, environmental education programs and promotion of use of clean energy to mitigate air pollution through distribution of natural gas cooking facilities and clean cook stoves free-of- charge to women.