……As Gov. Namadi joins ACReSAL Jigawa In institutional tree planting campaign
By Aliyu Dangida
The Jigawa state government has reiterated it’s commitment towards reviving climate policies to enhance Resilience to climate-related challenges as well as promote sustainable development, especially in agriculture.
Governor Umar Namadi who joined the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes project (ACReSAL) on Wednesday 29th August 2023 at Government Unity School in tree planting and campaign activities with 1 additional hectare to the 265 hectares covered through sand dune stabilization, shelter belt, institutional and road planting in line with ACReSAL development objectives.
His words: “Tree planting is a culture built in the people of Jigawa State for decades. Our people have inherited a tree-planting attitude to curb the risk of desert encroachment and stabilize sand dunes, in a bit to mitigate the effect of soil Erosion to strengthen the soil systems”.
Governor Namadi explained further that continuing institutional planting has come to stay in jigawa across institutions in the state, each student is expected to plant a tree, nurture it, and ensure it grows, added that the initiative will positively assist in restoring the degraded lands for a greener and safer environment.
Speaking at the occasion, Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Nura Ibrahim said, the ACReSAL project has recently awarded a contract for 5 no solar-powered boreholes all in an attempt to ensure adequate maintenance of these trees, especially during the dry season.
Said he: “This planting activity is in its first phase, thus it’s a gradual process, By the end of this year, we will make sure that the activities are carried out across the state”.
The Commissioner pointed out that, the state government is committed to the successful implementation of the ACReSAL project, therefore it’s an onset of remarkable results God’s willing.
The Project Coordinator, Alh. Yahaya Kafingana applauded the support and cooperations of Governor Malam Umar Namadi, Commissioners of Environment, Finance, Local government chairmen, and other key stakeholders that have graced the occasion, and ensured continuous implementation of ACReSAL project activities across the state.
Malam Yahaya noted that all the necessary support has been provided by the World Bank, and state and federal governments to implement ACReSAL project activities, therefore awareness-raising programs will continue to support the course of climate change control for sustainable agricultural practices, and promoting afforestation and reforestation.