Buhari launches Keep Kaduna Green project, says it’s time for a green Nigeria


By; AMOS TAUNA, Kaduna.
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday launched the ‘Keep Kaduna Green Project’ saying it was time for a green Nigeria.
Buhari who commended government of Kaduna State for a worthy and timely project, said the bold step  would reverse the deforestation trend in the country.
Represented by the Minister of Enviroment, Amina Muhammed, President Buhari noted that Nigeria had the highest rate of deforestation in the world.
“Environment is one of the six core pillars of this economy, thus underscoring the importance to the Change Agenda. The initiative in Kaduna State today is a clear example of state government contributing to the environment component of our economy.
“This initiative further underscores the importance of taking climate action and creating jobs for our teeming youths. This a worthy and timely project given the challenges and opportunities it provides to Nigeria. Nigeria has the highest rate of deforestation in the world.
“It is on record that the rate of deforestation is about 3.5 per cent per annum. The implication of this is that about 350,000 to 400,000 hectares of forest, equivalent to 576 million trees are lost annually.
“The environmental challenges that come with this include desertification, erosion, flooding and reduction in perspiration and contribution to drought. All these bringing untold hardship on communities and the environment.
“It is gladdening to hear that 1000 strong team of supervisors have been trained to distribute 3 million seedlings to all the wards across the state. It is heartwarming that 26,000 women and youths shall be involved in nurturing the trees to maturity.
“It is my belief that this project will be followed through and will mark the beginning of good things to come especially towards ensuring a sustainable forest development and environmental management in Nigeria,” Buhari said.
Governor of Taraba state, Darius Ishaku, Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu  as well as Acting Governor of Jigawa State, among other dignitaries who planted trees to flag-off ‘Keep Kaduna Green Project’ said they would emulate Kaduna State Governor’s initiative in their states.
Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai in his speech revealed that the projection was to engage about 26,000 persons across the state in the massive tree-planting effort, asserting that “We trust that they will do their best to nurture the trees.
“Our government considers the Keep Kaduna Green Project an important intervention. In planting one million trees every year, we intend to achieve many goals. Across our state, we will thereby be checking desertification.
“We will be creating jobs for the people who will plant and nurture the trees. The trees will ultimately grow and improve the look of our cities and towns. The shade and reassuring feel that leafy neighbourhoods project should be accessible to all residents of our state in their own neighbourhoods.”


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