Deforestation: Plateau Govt to reintroduce annual tree planting




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Jos Nigeria

By Martha Agas

Jos – Plateau Government says it will reintroduce its annual tree planting campaign as part of efforts check deforestation the state, the Commissioner of Environment, Alhaji Yakubu Idi, has said.

Idi disclosed this an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Jos.

“Plateau will reintroduce its annual tree planting campaign. We are waiting for the governor’ approval,” he said

He reiterated the need strengthen the programme because it had multiplier effects on the people.

He expressed optimism that the governor and state assembly would support the gesture, knowing the significance of trees on the environment

The commissioner said the ministry was working with the Federal Ministry of Environment on Project ‘REDD’ with the objective of planting trees where deforestation was at its peak.

NAN reports that the REDD, a UN supported since 2010, had been providing support for forest conservation in Nigeria.

He said Plateau was captured in the scheme and had undergone the first conducted for takeoff of the programme in the state.

He said the state was part of the Nigeria WaterShed and Programme (NEWMAP) where more than 3000 seedlings were planted in Kanke, Shendam Local Government Area and in Lamingo in Jos, adding that 3500 seedlings would be distributed in 2020.

Idi said the Federal Government had given some items for distribution in local governments areas of the state which included cooking gas and stoves in order encourage using alternative cooking sources.

“The aim is discourage villagers from cutting down trees for firewood,”he said.

(NAN)