By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark this year’s Desertification Day, Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, (NDA), Major-General Adeniyi Oyebade, has tasked Nigerians to inculcate the attitude of planting trees.
He stated this at the graduation of over 200 youth from six weeks training on horticulture, landscaping and fish farming business organized by Teku Int’l Farms and Agro Allied Services Ltd in Kaduna at the weekend.
According to him, “Trees support life and when you destroy a tree you destroy life.”
“A month ago, NDA procured 10,000 trees in a project code named ‘Green Project 2019’ for trees to be planted in the two campuses of NDA in Afaka and Ribadu respectively,” he said.
He explained that the importance of the World Desertification Day on June 17, is to appreciate organizations like Teku Farms that have supported planting of trees and making the society green.
Also speaking, Mr Ben Maritz from Gusau Institute, Kaduna who represented General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau (Rtd) commended Teku Farms for the initiative of training unemployed youth in the state to boost the economy.
Maritz said that with the climate God has given Nigeria, no Nigerians needed to be poor or go hungry, adding that Teku Farms is teaching people how to effectively utilize that which God has given Nigeria as a nation.
In the same vein, Head of Department, Horticulture and Landscape Technology, Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Dr Akintunde Sodimu, disclosed that all the graduating students were well trained and are going to be useful to themselves, saying already Teku Farms has given each of them seed mills as start up for their business which was very important.
He commended Teku Farms for the laudable achievement, adding that training of youth from the grassroots is very important, as this is what is expected of Nigerians especially in the area of aforestation, reforestation, desertification, desert encroachment among others.
In his remarks, Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mr Ahmed Tange represented by ASP Auwalu Gambo, DCO Kurmi Mashi Division, thanked Teku Farms for positively engaging youth in the state.
Earlier, Founder of Teku Farms, Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu, said the aim of the training was to contribute his own quota to make the Nigerian youth self reliant.
Highlight of the event include presentation of certificates to participants as well as awards of excellence to 7 eminent Nigerians including General Aliyu Mohammed Gusau, Dr. Yusuf Nadabo, Pastor Yohannah Buru, President Peace Revival and Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria; Mallam Lawal Maduru, Founder of Nigas Rehabilitation and Skill Acquisition Training Centre.
Others are Dr. Akintunde Sodimu, HOD, Horticulture and Landscape Technology, Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka; Dr. Ramat Muhammad; Mallam Adamu Idris, and Alhaji Sani Malumfashi.
It would be recalled that last month Teku Int’l Farms and Agro Allied Services Ltd commenced a six-week free training for 200 youth in Kaduna on horticulture, landscaping and fish farming business.