MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, made a symbolic presentation of an alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers and wood-efficient stoves.
He made the presentation on Tuesday at a flag-off of 1,000,000 tree planting campaign across the state in response to changing ecosystem and climate conditions.
He expressed concern on desertification facing the State, stating that his administration is committed to reversing the trend.
Zulum noted that this year’s tree planting campaign which is the first of its kind in the last ten years became necessary due to pressures from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion, poverty, and insecurity.
He declined the naming of an orchard after him by the Ministry of Environment, saying it should be named after his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima.
“The Commissioner had just announced naming of the Borno State University orchard after me, instead, I have directed the orchard to be renamed after my predecessor.
“He established this University and therefore, in recognition of his tremendous achievements, I personally want to name this orchard after His Excellency, Senator Kashim Shettima”, he said.
The Borno helmsman said human activities like bush burning, illegal tree felling has continuously put pressure on the already fragile ecosystem thereby threatening food security.
“Government has already commenced raising of some seedlings, with the annual one kilometre desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of Environment,” he said.
He announced a policy under which all construction should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impacts of such developmental projects.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Walama said one million species of trees including those with commercial values will be planted in nine Local Government Areas of the state.
The campaign which kicked off at the Borno State University premises after more than 10 years was attended by the Deputy Governor, Umar Kadafur, Chief of Staff, Government House, Prof. Isa Marte, Head of Service Barr. Simon Malgwi among other top government officials.