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NGO Distributes 7,500 Seedlings To Scale Up Afforestation Scheme

Posted: Jul 25, 2016 at 6:14 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Patience Ogbodo-Iwuagwu

Bauchi – A Bauchi based non-governmental organisation (NGO), the Development Exchange Centre (DEC) has distributed 7,500 seedlings of various varieties to five communities in Lafiya District of Lamurde Local Government Area  in Adamawa State as part of its commitment to curtail environmental degradation.

This was disclosed by Mr. Yusuf Isheni, the DEC’s programme officer in charge of Wash and Environmental management, while speaking with newsmen in Bauchi on Sunday.

Isheni enjoyed the people of the area to nurse the seedlings to maturity to protect the area from the threat of desertification currently ravaging northern Nigeria.

He enumerated the benefit of afforestation to include beautification of the environment, development of orchard and woodlots, roadside plantation as well as windbreakers (shelter belt) to protect both residential, industrial and public structures such as schools, offices, worship centres and health facilities.

The DEC programme officer also told communities in Lafia district that the fight against endemic rural poverty could be achieved through the raising of economic trees such as Guava, Cashew, Moringa, Satilite, Cashia, Melina, Umbrela and Neem, products that are now in high demand particularly in the cities.

Isheni stressed the need to educate thousand of unemployed youths in the rural areas to key into the tree planting scheme saying that this could create job opportunities for them especially in the dry season when farm activities might be lacking, adding that such positive idea would deter jobless youths from engaging in criminal or anti-social behaviours.

He said, “Youths as change agents, need to mobilise community members to stop tree felling and in case they cut down one tree, they should plant at least two in replacement. This is one of the most effective ways of fighting the menace of climate change.”