By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria –
Students of School of Health Sciences, Kaduna have vowed to protect species rapidly going extinct due to human activities.
They stated this on Thursday during a 1kilometer walk to mark this year’s Earth Day celebration.
The students added that they will ensure that people did not engage in activity that could cause damages to the environment.
Fielding questions from newsmen shortly after the road walk, Coordinator of the school, Abdulhadi Abdullahi said setting aside a day to mark as Earth Day was a very good initiative.
According to him, the most important message today should be that all hands must be on deck to help protect our species from going extinct.
He said Geographers and Environmentalists especially must strive to educate the people on the importance of plants and wildlife in the environment, saying without these species even humans are in danger.
Speaking on activities of hunters, Malam Abdullahi said that their activities has contributed greatly to the migration and subsequent extinct of wildlife.
“Some of the hunters set bush on fire while hunting for games. We know what that means especially when the fire is not under control it could destroy plants and cause animals to migrate from our environment. ”
He called on the government to regulate the activities of hunters to preserve this species in Nigeria.
“Before during rainy season, one could see different kinds of insects but today you hardly see them again.
“Where are the bats, squirrels, crows, vultures and the different kinds of insects we used to see during rainy season,” he queried.
Similarly, the Assistant Chairperson, Womanhood Foundation of Nigeria, Hajiya Hau’wa Abubakar called on government to create more Game Reserves in the country where this species could be allowed to exist in a natural habitat to procreate and replace their fast dwindling populations.
Earth Day is a global celebration held annually on 22nd April. This year’s theme is: “Protect Our Species”..