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NGO plants 1,000 trees to combat climate change in Yobe

Save the Children International (SCI) on Friday inaugurated a 1,000 tree planting campaign across 10 schools in Yobe State.

The Field Manager of SCI, Yobe, Mr Mark Umaru, said that the initiative, which would be executed in three local government areas of Potiskum, Fika, and Fune aimed at combating climate change and reviving livelihood activities in the state.

Umaru said: “There is the need for collective action to address climate change, which poses a significant threat to the world, Nigeria, and Yobe State.

“The negative impacts of climate change include displacement, crisis and loss of livelihood.

“This initiative, which includes planting of economic trees like mango, cashew and guava, aims at contributing to reviving livelihood activities.”

According to him, the trees will serve as windbreakers to mitigate the impact of strong winds and reduce damage to infrastructure.

Umaru noted that to ensure the growth and survival of the trees, SCI had trained School-Based Management Committee members and community volunteers on proper tree management.

He said that it had also established a regular inspection and monitoring mechanism.

The field manager appreciated the support of the Yobe government on the programme, while calling on all stakeholders, development partners, and the state government to continue promoting interventions to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The Headmistress of Mamudo Primary School, Hajiya Hajara Madaki, commended SCI for the gesture, and called on other development partners to emulate the same gesture.

The Chairman, School-Based Management Committee, Malam Ya’u Mamudo, assured that the committee would ensure the growth and survival of the trees.

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