On Thursday, the Bauchi State Governor, Sen. Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir, initiated the 2023 tree planting campaign.
He urged the residents of the state to actively participate in planting trees as an effective means to combat the detrimental effects of the changing climate.
During the event, which took place at the Dungal Housing Estate along Jos Road, the Governor emphasized the significance of tree planting in light of the unpredictable weather conditions caused by the current climatic conditions.
The Governor expressed his concern over the activities of a few unscrupulous individuals in certain areas of the state who, in collaboration with other undesirable elements, engage in the illegal felling of trees for charcoal production, thereby jeopardizing the environment.
Bala Mohammed emphasized his administration’s commitment to aggressively combat deforestation and hold accountable those involved. He made it clear that there will be no leniency for anyone caught engaging in such activities.
Furthermore, he assured that his administration will persistently promote tree planting initiatives to safeguard the environment and create aesthetically pleasing and livable habitats.
The Governor urged young individuals to consider tree planting as a means of employment to support themselves financially. He emphasized that the government cannot provide empowerment opportunities to everyone.
In addition, he called upon traditional leaders to motivate their subjects to partake in extensive tree planting throughout the year, without waiting for the designated period for such activities.
He also urged the Caretaker Chairmen to allocate a dedicated time for planting trees as a means to protect the environment. This is especially crucial for the Northern part of the state, which has been severely affected by desertification due to its terrain.
In his opening remarks, the Commissioner of Housing and Environment, Rt Hon. Danlami Ahmed Kawule, stated ‘I cannot stress enough how critical it is for us to acknowledge the significant impact of climate change on our planet and take Immediate action to combat its effects.”
He added that rising global temperatures, extreme weather events, and the loss of biodiversity are just a few of the consequences we face, saying, “However, we can take solace in the fact that there is a simple tool readily available to us, and that is trees.”
Danlami Ahmed Kawule stressed the significance of trees, highlighting that they possess not only splendor and magnificence but also serve as a lifeline for our existence. Trees play a vital role in supplying mankind with oxygen, while simultaneously absorbing carbon dioxide, thus contributing immensely to regulating our climate.
Furthermore, he emphasized the importance of acknowledging that trees, through their innate ability to undergo photosynthesis, play a pivotal role in absorbing sunlight and converting it into energy. As a result of this natural process, trees release oxygen as a byproduct. It is essential to recognize that this dual function not only aids in the fight against climate change, but also enhances air quality, thereby fostering greener and healthier urban environments for inhabitants.
“By planting trees, we are not just beautifying our surroundings; we are actively contributing to the fight against climate change. The simple act of planting a tree may seem small, but collectively, it has a tremendous impact. Each tree we plant helps to combat carbon emissions, reduce soil erosion, and create habitats for countless species,” he added.
According to him, “Today, as we embark on this annual tree-planting campaign, let us remember that no matter how small our deeds may seem, they have the power to make a significant difference. I encourage each and every one of us to embrace this opportunity and actively participate in our tree-planting efforts.”