Niger to dis­trib­ute 2m tree seedlings

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ahmed Tahir Ajobe, Minna

The Niger State gov­ern­ment says it will en­cour­age mas­sive tree plant­ing be­fore the end of the cur­rent rain­ing sea­son across the state.

To this end, it said it was dis­tribut­ing two mil­lion eco­nomic tree seedlings to check de­for­esta­tion and en­hance eco­nomic sta­tus of the peo­ple.

It said the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment had been ap­proached to see that seedlings were made avail­able and dis­trib­uted in all the 25 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas of the state to pre­vent ero­sion and other nat­u­ral dis­as­ters.

A state­ment by the state Com­mis­sioner for In­for­ma­tion, Mr. Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, said the state gov­ern­ment was wor­ried by the threat posed by global warn­ing world­wide; ad­ding that yearly flood­ing across the state showed the state was at risk of the trend.

“Trees help to con­serve the wa­ter cy­cle by re­turn­ing wa­ter vapour to the at­mos­phere. With­out trees, many for­est lands could de­gen­er­ate to be­come deserts. Trees play a crit­i­cal role in ab­sorb­ing the green­house gases that fuel global warm­ing. And so, we strongly warn against in­dis­crim­i­nate felling of trees es­pe­cially Shea but­ter trees in parts of the state as the law against tree felling is still in force,” the state­ment said.

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