by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
In his determination to support state and federal government in the fight against desertification, deforestation, soil and River Bank erosion, climate change and all forms of environmental degradation across the country, chairman-cum founder of TEKU International Farm Kaduna, Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu, has embarked on planting 1 million seeds and trees with the aim of reducing carbon emission that is causing air pollution in the country.
He stated this at his farm, while launching the project tagged, ‘Save Nigeria forestry against increasing extinction of plant and animal species due to climate change and human irrational activities.’
The founder said “Planting billions of trees across the world is one of the biggest and cheapest ways of taking CO2 out of the atmosphere to tackle the climate crises and other environmental challenges.”
According to him, the project of planting one billion trees to support African Union, AU, and European Union, EU, on the fight against global warming and desertification problems that is turning most of the agricultural farms into desert Sahara, started since 2 years backs.
He noted that “Trees are an important part of every community, which include our streets, parks, playgrounds and backyards lined with trees that create a peaceful, aesthetically pleasing environment.
“Trees increase our quality of life by bringing natural elements and wildlife habitats into urban settings. Trees control climate by moderating the effects of the sun, rain and wind. Leaves absorb and filter the sun’s radiant energy, keeping things cool in summer. Trees also preserve warmth by providing a screen from harsh wind, in addition to influencing wind speed and direction,” he stated.
He said, every year, when celebrating International Forestry Day and Desertification Day, he usually organizes a big event and, at the end of it, donates trees for free to all participants that attend the celebration.
Furthermore, every year, he said he donates thousands of trees to schools, places of worship, government, traditional title holders, NGOs, CSOs, corporate organizations and volunteers to enable him joint in the trees planting campaign.
African Climate Reporters that visited him at the farmland applauded his effort, while stressing to support the implementation of the project.
Comrade Mohammed Zakari, who is one of directors of the non-governmental organization that fight against environmental degradation, said, “It is necessary for every stakeholder in Africa to emulate this gesture, in order to save the African forestry against increasing environmental challenges that are contributing to the daily lost of lives and other health challenges.”
He stressed that, “Every year, the world uses up to 5 trillion plastic bags. That’s nearly 10 million plastic bags every minute! These single use plastics often end up in the ocean and in landfills, destroying precious ecosystems. This has to stop!”