Sokoto to plant 1m trees to combat desertification

 By Musa Gada, Sokoto

 

Sokoto State Governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal has stated that the state government has raised no fewer than one million assorted seedlings of economic trees, to be distributed free to people in the state.

 

According to the governor, the gesture forms parts of efforts to mitigate the effect of desert encroachment threatening parts of the state.

 

Speaking at Bissalam village, Dange-Shuni Local Government of the state, at the launching of the 2016 Tree Planting Campaign on Tuesday, Tambuwal said “These tree seedlings will be distributed free to the people in the 23 local governments across the state.

 

“Apart from serving some economic purposes, these trees will help in our reafforestation efforts in the state.

 

“This is very crucial as such efforts are aimed at curbing the menace of the obnoxious perennial desert encroachment, as well as mitigating the impact of global warming,” he added.

 

Tambuwal said global warming had led to the drastic reduction of rainfall and the attendant consequences of flood, among other destructive natural phenomena.

He added that his administration had revamped the state shelterbelt project, while the Federal Government’s Great Green Wall Project was being successfully implemented in the state.

He announced that, all public officials in the state had been directed to immediately plant trees in their residences, offices and farms.

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