by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
A Nigerian horticulturist is now using bamboo trees to construct a building that can stand global warming and ecological challenges to solve housing problems.
The young Kaduna innovative horticulturist has also trained hundreds of jobless youths on new sustainable technology of constructing cheapest houses with bamboo trees that can stand all forms of ecological challenges, which include flood disaster and earthquake, Hurricanes and Typhoons, in Kaduna state.
Mallam Ibrahim Salisu, who is founder of Teku International Farm Kaduna, said, the company has embarked on training and teaching youths new innovative technology of constructing latest houses in the town with less-expensive money that can equally stand global warming and other ecological challenges bedeviling the environment.
In an interview with newsmen in Kaduna, Monday, Salisu said he is currently constructing an up-stair house with raw-bamboo trees at the center of Kaduna, which would attract thousands of tourists and foreigners from other parts of the world to come and see the creative designs of a bamboo one store-building that is cheap in constructing and that can last for over 200 years without any fraction.
According to him, bamboo is destined to play a major role in the green revolution as more people and businesses choose to build with this versatile, sustainable building material.
He also stated that they are creating amazing bamboo structures for schools, hotels, hospital, homes, stadiums and even bridges.
He noted that, bamboo creative-design-building raises hope for future infrastructure, home and hope for the poor to be constructing their own houses with less money in both rural and urban centers across the 36 states of Nigeria.
“We must know that bamboo trees are very strong, tough and more than the forest wood from trees we use when constructing house.
“It is clear that they are naturally eco-friendly and one of the fastest-growing wild grasses on earth, as it reaches heights of full maturity in as little as three years and regenerates quickly after harvesting.”
He stressed that, aside from bamboo’s rapid growth rate, the production of bamboo also yields benefits to the planet. A complex root network anchors the soil down, preventing erosion when rain or flooding occurs.
It also helps the soil retain water, aiding in moisture regulation throughout the rainy and dry seasons. Bamboo also absorbs more tons of CO2 than trees, due to its extreme growth rate.
The house engineer said, during hot season, the house used to be cool, while during cool season, it makes the house warm. Salisu explained that bamboo tree is the cheapest way of building houses that could stand environmental challenges, which include desertification, deforestation, gully erosion, global warming and other environmental factors that are responsible for making people abandon their farmlands or residents.
“The house is cheap, tough, strong and can equally last more than the normal building in town. Bamboo trees play an important role in the environment because it helps lower the light intensity and protects against ultraviolet rays,” Salisu noted.
He then called on people to embrace it as a kind of modern house construction to avert scarcity of houses in both rural and urban cities.
Responding, the director of African Climate Reporters, Comrade Nurudden Bello, who has been visiting the building since from the beginning, said it’s one of the best ways to reduce global warming.
Accordingly, he also stated that, environmentally, bamboo reduces the use of timber consumption in construction as expressed and, naturally, has a waxy surface, which does not oblige paint, and this makes it free from health-hazards brought about by paints.
Bamboo represents a great resource for eco-friendly buildings. “Thanks to its rapid life cycle (it takes from three-to-five years to re-grow, while other plants generally need fifteen). It is suitable for building markets increasingly respectful of the planet.
Nurudden, who is a science-climatologist, says bamboo forests are very friendly to the environment.
He then called on people to stop bush-burning, while urging everyone to use the raining season toward planting many trees.
The scientist said, desertification, deforestation and the extraction of natural resources has forced millions of wild life, including human beings into migration and, hence, the need to halt cutting-down of forest trees to avert migration of zoonociess diseases from animals to humans.
While calling on federal and state governments to enforce a law on charcoal and firewood business, he equally called local bakery houses to embrace modern day of baking to halt consuming forest trees in the bakery.