One million trees have been raised and are now ready for planting by the Kebbi State Ministry of Environment and Solid Minerals this year.
Sizable number of them will be distributed to Tungya Farmers and members of the general public for planting as part of afforestation and Environmental Sustainability drive across the State.
Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Environment Haj Fatima B. Umar disclosed this while inspecting nursed seedlings together with members of Climate Beacons Network and Tree Bank Initiative at the premises of the Ministry in Birnin Kebbi.
The Permanent Secretary commended the State Governor Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for his endorsement and support to the afforestation project by the Ministry stressing that such laudable gesture will serve as the needed impetus towards Sustainable Environmental best practices in the State.
She called on farmers and tree planting Enthusiasts to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the Government to plant and nurture more trees to promote healthy lifestyles in the Society,
Speaking earlier, leader of the group, Alh Abubakar Kalgo said they were at the Ministry to discuss areas of collaboration between the Ministry and Environmental Sustainability Group with a view to widening the scope of Environment advocacy, public enlightenment and promotion of Best Environmental Management Practices in the State.
The group advocated for enforcement of legislation against Indiscriminate felling of trees, inappropriate disposal of plastic wastes and ensuring compliance with Environmental impact assessments reports by Contractors, Companies, Individuals and Corporate Organizations across the State.
After inspecting the nursery, the Permanent Secretary assured that the Ministry will deploy it’s available manpower to ensure adequate monitoring of the trees planted at designated places to protect and nurture them to maturity adding that sizable number of endangered tree species such as Tamarin, Locust, Baobab along with Neem, Eucalyptus are currently available for Distribution while few Economic Trees will be sold at subsidised rates to interested members of the public.