Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the declining rate of some animals and plants species due to deforestation and damage to the environment.
Speaking during the launch of the 2018 FCT Tree Planting Campaign, Bello noted that the FCT, which was characterised by both grassland and forest vegetation, is now receding with decrease in annual rainfall with its negative effect on our ecosystem, as a result of deforestation.
Represented by the secretary, Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat (ARDS), Hon Stanley Ifeanyichukwu Nzekwe, the minister said that the FCT Administration has been promoting relevant afforestation programmes including the tree planting campaign.
He explained that the campaign was aimed at enlightening residents on the importance of tree planting and to promote afforestation activities thereby aggressively achieving accelerated and sustained forestry development in the territory.
Earlier in a welcome address, the head of forestry, Mrs. Caroline Opara, had noted that forest can be a source of economic growth and employment, adding that more than 160 million people worldwide find work through forest enterprise.
Opara noted that forests are also a renewable source of building material, fibre and fuel which are great assets as the world looks towards reducing the carbon footprint of human activities.
LEADERSHIP gathered that the 2018 FCT Tree Planting Campaign, which was launched at the Government Day Secondary School, Dutse in Bwari area council, had as its theme, ‘Forest: Source of Livelihood.’
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