By Chika Onyesi
Tree planting and conservation are some of the actions necessary to mitigate against effects of climate change and support Nigeria’s biodiversity preservation efforts.
This is according to the Conservator General, Nigerian National Park Services, Ibrahim Goni.
The CG who recently called for consistent positive climate actions, urged Nigerians to contribute to the reversal of the ugly trend of climate change.
Goni made the call while receiving a donation of 112 plant seedlings from two youth corps members serving with the Department of Agric and Rural Development Secretariat of the FCTA.
According to Goni, `the Service appreciates the gesture and the timing of the donation; it is clearly in line with the vision of the present Government on climate change mitigation.
“Nigeria’s seven National Parks cover about three per cent of the country’s total land area and this to me is grossly inadequate for a country of over 200 million people.
“I want to therefore, urge all of us to support the vision of the President to keep and protect the environment for the sustainability of the present and yet unborn generations’’.
The C-G said who said that the ugly trend of climate change cannot be overemphasized; urged Nigerians to join the world in the race of mitigating the effects of climate change.
“The negative impacts of climate change can be seen in the recent flooding across the various States of the Federation. “Even in the upsurge of diseases in plants and animals, degradation of land in and around the Parks, desertification in the north, siltation of Lake Chad, etc.
“It is my belief that this effort of donation of these seedlings is an attempt in the right direction to reverse the ugly trend of climate change and climate action’’.
The corps members, Martha Iyamide Izere and Abdullahi Suleiman Gbale said the donation is an attempt to support efforts geared to fight climate change and enhance development of the society.
The 112 seedlings consisting of Neem, Gmelina, Guava, Teak, Orange and Mango will be shared to both primary and secondary schools in Abuja as part of the service’s conservation education programme.