By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – As the world marks this year’s Environment Day, Teku International Farm, on Sunday, June 3, 2018, has taken tree planting campaign to faith based organizations in Kaduna state to support the fight against desertification, deforestation and by extension climate change.
Speaking to newsmen after the distribution of over 200 species of economic trees, Founder of Teku International Farm, Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu said that it is aim at sensitising the general public on the importance of tree planting to support the fight against desertification, deforestation and global warming affecting all aspects of human life.
According to him, the trees around any environment are important for improving human condition, as they are renewable, biodegradable and recyclable.
He said taking tree planting campaign to religious organizations in the state will surely help in creating more awareness on the importance of trees in the communities.
Alhaji Salisu said trees help cleanse the air by intercepting airborne particles, reduce heat, and absorb such pollutants as carbon monoxide, sulphur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide; adding that trees remove this air pollution by lowering air temperature through respiration.
In his remarks, Pastor Titus Ishiyaku of Church of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Fellowship Sabon Tasha, Kaduna South, a beneficiary of the trees commended Teku Farm and called on Nigerians to cultivate the habit of tree planting wherever they find themselves to help protect the environment
He said trees keep in cheek the air and water pollution, as well as increased wood and paper products which can be easily recycled. He added that a newly planted forest can change tones of atmospheric carbon into wood and other fibrous tissue, thus reducing global warming.
Also, leader of Izalatul Bidia Waikamatul Sunna, Mallam Abubakar Ahmed, while receiving the trees at Masallacin Yan Tiffa Sabon Tasha, said they are grateful and called on citizens to desist from falling tress.
“We must join hands to fight desertification and deforestation encroaching our society ” he said.
The World Environment Day is celebrated every 5th of June.