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Tinubu Sets 6 Million Trees Target For Environment Ministry

By George George Idowu

The Federal Government through the Minister of State for Environment, Dr. Iziaq Salako, has reemphasized its commitment of planting at least six million trees in 2024 across Nigeria particularly in the Northern region in order to address the issue of land degradation.

He disclosed this in an exclusive interview with a reporter from Punch Newspaper.

His words: “For us, one of the key things to prevent land degradation is to adopt nature-based solutions in terms of planting trees. And that’s why we have the agencies like the Great Green Wall planting trees. For example, the mandate given by Mr President to the ministry is to ensure that we plant at least six million trees in 2024.”

He went further to outline plans in engaging youth and retirees in tree planting activities, leveraging technology for virtual training and monitoring to ensure the success of these initiatives that will subsequently create 5,000 to 10,000 jobs through these programs.

Similarly, on the part of climate change concerns, the minister stressed the critical importance of mitigating greenhouse gas emissions through policies promoting renewable energy sources like solar, hydro, and wind power.

These efforts he said aligns with a comprehensive strategy to reduce the impact of climate change on various sectors, including transportation and agriculture.

Regarding Isheri’s vulnerability to flooding, Salako acknowledged the longstanding challenges faced by the community and emphasized the government’s commitment to finding lasting solutions.

“A comprehensive study is underway to understand the complex factors contributing to flooding, from the Ogun River’s source to its outlet into the Atlantic Ocean. This data-driven approach aims to identify permanent solutions to mitigate flood risks effectively,” he said.

Meanwhile, on wildlife protection efforts, Salako highlighted the government’s commitment to enforcing laws safeguarding endangered species like elephants.

Recent incidents of illegal wildlife killings prompted swift action, including engagements with military authorities to raise awareness and ensure enforcement of wildlife protection laws.

The ministry’s holistic approach, encompassing tree planting initiatives, climate change mitigation strategies, and targeted interventions in flood-prone areas like Isheri, reflects a multifaceted commitment to environmental stewardship.

By leveraging technology, engaging local communities, and collaborating with international partners, Nigeria is poised to address pressing environmental challenges while safeguarding its natural heritage for future generations.

 

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