Abuja Residents Seek FG’s Support On Tree Planting

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By Deji Abdulwahab
Abuja –   Some Abuja residents on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to support Nigerians with tree seedlings so as to encourage them to plant trees during the coming rainy season.
The residents gave the advice in separate interviews with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
They said that the citizens should be encouraged to support the Federal Government in its plans to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
NAN recalls that President Muhammadu Buhari on Sept. 22, 2016 signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in New York, the U.S.
Mr Muhammed Abdulmalik, a resident of Kubwa, a satellite town of Abuja, urged Nigerians, particularly rural women, to plant more trees to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change.
Abdulmalik said that trees were indispensable in the ecosystem as they absorbed gases, smoke and other forms of pollution released into the atmosphere.
He said that trees particularly absorbed carbon dioxide exhaled by human beings and release oxygen for human beings to inhale.
Mr Chukwuma Obi, a resident of the Area One neighbourhood of Abuja, said that Nigerians should have access to tree seedlings and be trained in the art of tree planting.
Obi said that the citizens should be educated on how adopt global best practices in efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of human action on the ecosystem.
According to him, this will aid efforts to have a healthy and productive environment.
Mrs Grace Joseph, a resident of Mpape, warned Nigerians against the destruction of the natural habitat just because of its economic and industrial benefits.
According to her, indiscriminate tree felling and deforestation are negative actions that induce climate change.

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