The Oasis Reporters
June 6, 2019
Mike Odeh James, Kaduna
The Federal government has been charged to declare a state of emergency on the Nigeria’s forestry reserves to save the environment from avoidable natural disasters such as climate change and desertification that have become a threat to the existence of both plants and animals in the society.
Senior Lecturer in the department of Human Anatomy at the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Dr Yusuf Nadabo made the call at the training and sensitization exercise of over 50 primary school students on the importance of tree planting at Olive International School to mark the International Day for the Environment in Kaduna.
Dr Nadabo who is also the Patron of African climate reporters explained that the exercise was to educate the students on the contribution of trees to the environment for them to join in supporting the fight against climate change, desertification and other environmental challenges threatening the existence of both plants and animals in the society.
The varsity Don added that the training followed the need for the students to join the campaign with both federal and state governments, non-governmental organization, NGOs including civil society organizations, CSO in raising awareness toward protecting the environment against all forms of natural disasters and diseases.
He stressed that trees are important sources of oxygen and natural air and water conservations that are very important to the existence of all mankind.
In her contribution at the training, Director of Olive International School, Hajia Zulai Mohammed said the school was planning to introduce climate change education for the kids to educate them on the effects of global warming and health challenges associated with climate change.
She called on federal and state governments to end deforestation while urging all stakeholders to be more committed in the fight against felling forest trees without replacing them through planting.
Also speaking, the district head of Ungwan Badikko in Kaduna, Alhaji Mohammadu Magani emphasized the need for communities to actively participate in planting of more trees in their environment.
He pointed out however that there is the need to spread the awareness about trees and planting them on social media for more youths to be involved in the exercise.
The traditional ruler called for concerted efforts to support environmental initiatives of NGO’s, Government policies, and communities working in the planting of new trees to promote sustainable development in the country.