By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Kaduna based Horticulturist, Ibrahim Salisu, has lamented fear of extinction of species of flowers across the country, calling for replanting to curb menace.
He disclosed this during an interview with a team of Journalists in Kaduna on Thursday, August 13, 2020
Salisu, who is the General Manager of Teku International Farm said a large species of flowers beneficial to insects, birds, animals and humans are gradually going extinct, hence there is urgent need to salvage them.
He said due to irrational human activities like reckless falling of trees, environmental pollution, among others with the resultant effect of climate change has destroyed millions of plants and aquatic animals across the world.
According to him, hundreds of plants and flowers are gradually going extinct due to climate change, deforestation, environmental degradation and other forms of human activities.
“Over 1 million species are currently at risk due to these human activities.
“That our grandchildren will grow up in a world without the eagles, lions, butterflies, tiger, and myriads of other species that we take for granted is tragic, but, more importantly, the economic consequences,” he lamented.
Salisu expressed dismay over human activities towards the environment, which he feared could spell the end for a quarter of all flowering plants, with huge impact on food chain.
“The biggest advantage is that flowers offers natural medicinal properties, but large number are going into extinction due to ecological challenges.
“This project is expected to gather millions of plants and species of flowers in Kaduna, with the aim to protect and preserve them for the next generation.
“Flowers are true symbols of love, and thus, they are the perfect gift to give to your loved ones on special occasions.
“Some of the species we are losing provides us with essential and irreplaceable services. About one-third of our food comes from plants that need pollination, by birds or insects.
“You can give flowers to anyone on almost every occasions because flowers are everyone’s favourite. Whether wish your friend a happy birthday or honour your mother on Mother’s Day,” he said.
The Teku International Farm’s boss, called on the general public to visit the Farm’s center located at Unguwar Sarki in Kaduna North Local Government Area where they could collect species to replant for the benefit of their environment and next generation.
Corroborating Salisu’s statement, a Climatologist with African Climate Reporters, Dr Piman Hoffman, said plants form the basis of our environment as they releases oxygen into the atmosphere and uses sunlight, carbon dioxide and minerals to produce food which humans, animals and plants depends upon for survival.
He called on all and sundry to support tree planting and save our environment against all forms of degradation; and appealed to people to embrace renewable energy in replacement for charcoal/firewood for their domestic chores and save the forest from extinction.
Hoffman urged authourities concern to equally support environmental like minded NGOs and CSOs in hyping campaigns against environmental pollutions.