By Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
Kogi State Government has called on the public to be actively involved in the planting of trees as part of strategies to promote the state urban afforestation plan.
The Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Sanusi Yahaya made the call on Friday in Lokoja during inspection of ongoing tree planting in the state.
According to him, the ministry has produced over 27, 000 seedlings for planting, adding that some of the seeds have been planted across the three senatorial districts of the state.
“The ministry is producing, raising seedlings and planting. We have produced over 27, 000 seedlings this year which we planted in our various plantation forests.”
”What we are promoting now is urban afforestation; as soon as the rains stop, we hope to raise more seedlings to inculcate in general public the habit of planting trees,” he said.
He said the exercise became imperative because planting of trees would help to prevent natural disaster and reduce human impact on global climate change.
He pointed out that Active involvement in tree planting programmes leads to a stronger sense of community socialisation and the promotion of environmental stability and ethics.
On tree planting, the commissioner said that contract for the planting of trees had been awarded to SAM AGRO Global Services, adding that its experts had been around to plant varieties of trees, including grasses.
”As a ministry, we have a mandate to ensure sustainable environment because the issue of climate change is with us, and all efforts to address it must be done through different approaches.” he said.
”Planting of trees will help to address warming because environment is becoming hotter and one of the ways of mitigating it is to plant more trees. ”
”Arrangement has been put in place to ensure that the survival rate of these plants are very high with consistent watering with manure,” he said.
Mr Organde Samuel, the Managing Director of SAM AGRO Global Services, said that the company had planted different varieties of tree in the confluence city.
These varieties he said are: Malaysian dwarf coconut, royal palms, ixora, Livingtonia palm, Cashorina, bougainvellia, kings palm, carpet grass, Portharcourt, and benjaminja plants respectively.
He thanked the ministry for giving the company the opportunity to showcase its expertise in tree planting adding
”We are only contracted to plant trees while the ministry would maintain them, “ he said.
According to Authority reports, ‘Royal palms’ were planted along Ganaja road to the Roundabout while Malaysian dwarf coconuts planted in the commissioners’ quarters,Ganaja road in Lokoja.