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Ebonyi to plant five million trees to combat climate change

- Stephen Agwaibor

The ebonyi State Government has announced the commenceme­nt of an exercise to plant five million trees across the state, in a bid to reverse the devastatin­g effects of climate change.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the ebonyi State Governor on environmen­t, Mr Sunday Ugwuocha.

Ugwuocha disclosed that the tree planting policy was being implemente­d across schools within the state.

he said, “Tree planting is part of our lifestyle in the Ministry of environmen­t, but this year alone, we want to recreate a kind of pre-consciousn­ess among our people, on the need for us to confront the adverse effects of climate change.

“We are looking at planting over five million trees and that is why we have trickled down this exercise to the primary schools.

“In the primary schools, the pupils have started to plant trees; teachers and other staff are expected to plant trees, likewise in the secondary schools.

“It is the same thing in the Local Government Areas. At the state level, all the MDAS and government officials are expected to plant at least 100 trees.

“The trees must be planted in such a way that they will not have much deficiency from growth.”

The tree planting exercise comes on the heels of several such initiative­s carried out across various states of the federation to address the challenges posed by climate change and environmen­tal pollution.

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