Permanent Secretary urges Nigerians to plant trees

By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

Dr Bakari Wadinga, the Permanent Sec­retary, Federal Min­istry of Environment, has urged Nigerians to inten­sify tree planting following its importance in provision of oxygen as a necessity for life.

Wadinga noted that depletion of the ecosys­tem including tree cutting has exposed human being to serious environmental challenge.

Speaking during a fa­miliarisation visit to the National Park Service Headquarters in Abuja on Thursday, the Permanent Secretary said that there were just two ways of cre­ating oxygen either by tree planting or the scientific way of sinking carbon in the high sea, which he not­ed was more expensive.

He called on the Con­servator-General, National Park Service, Dr Ibrahim Goni, to ensure continuous training for staff members to add value to the service and be recognised.

“You must acquire the skills; you have to send your staff on training if you want to add value to your job.

“It is when you do that you can articulate memo, convince the authorities that you have value to add out there.

“Apart from the non-vis­ible, you have the visible, the flora and fauna. Just get a logical starting point and bring onto your balance sheet those values.

“It will speak good of you and you will be able to get more funding both locally and globally. If you do not do that nobody will see your visibility outside here,” she said.

Wadinga assured Goni that he would interact fur­ther with him to provide the needed assistance to the park.

Earlier, the Conservator-General said many people do not know much about the National Park, which led to the public sensitisa­tion programme to create awareness on their activi­ties.

He said that the organ­isation would continue to partner with government and NGOs to get the need­ed resources to carry out its activities.

“Government alone can­not do all that is required to re-position this body, so we need the support from international donors and corporate bodies to col­laborate with us.’’

Goni said the service was leveraging on the provision of the green bond to plant trees in the national park.

He listed some of the constraints of the service to include insecurity, poor road network, proximity of banks to the parks, inad­equate infrastructure and communication gadgets.

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