By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna
Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna is to partner with Taku farm International and Agro Allied Services towards ensuring enhanced forestry management activities.
Speaking during commemoration of the World Forestry Day in Kaduna, the Provost, Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna state, Dr. Usman Bello, said the partnership would enable students of the college to gain practical knowledge that will help them do things on their own without depending on government for any white collar job.
He expressed dismay over leaders’ lukewarm attitudes to tree planting in Nigeria, stressing that if not check could affect the environment very badly.
Speaking through the Head of Department of Horticulture and Landscape Technology of the College, Dr. Akintunde Sodimu, he expressed fear on the dangers of environmental hazards which promote desert encroachment particularly in the northern part of the country.
In his remarks, the Chief Forest Superintendent, (CFS), Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Kaduna State, Mr. Jonathan Yakubu, said the world is against illegal falling of trees.
He said that the state government would continue to give priority attention to forestry management activities in the state, pointing out that the government is impressed with the performance of Teku Farm towards tree planting and forestry management.
Also, President of Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation, Pastor Yohanna Buru, stressed the importance of peace across the world, saying without peace human being, animals and even plants will not exist.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of Teku Farm, Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu said the gathering was the second of its kind, and emphasized the importance of forestry management and environmental protection.
He noted that trees provide nutrients to the soil, and decried the problem of illegal falling of trees which he said, has adverse effects on the environment.
The Teku Farm Int’l and Agro Allied Services Ltd, boss charged farmers to imbibe the culture of planting economic trees for their benefits, and as well called on the Federal and State governments to sustained the law banning cutting of trees in the country.