The Edo State governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has assured of his administration’s commitment to sustain the One Million Trees for Peace Afforestation project on going in the state.
Obaseki made the commitment when he received members of the Board of Association of Bernadette Strebel World Peace (ABSWP) based in Switzerland and Spain, who paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Benin City on Wednesday.
The governor lamented that the forest cover of the state has dropped to less than six per cent, noting that replenishment through continuous tree planting is paramount.
“We are committed to the protection of the forest covers in the state in order to tackle climate change and preserve our beautiful state for future generations. We are ready to support the replenishment of our trees which are our heritage,” he added.
He assured that with the setting up of the Edo Forestry Commission, the state would be able to plant one million trees in two years.
Earlier, the president of the association, Mrs Bermadette Strebel, said the association in 2008, promised to support the Edo State Government’s Reforestation programme by raising one million trees to be planted in the state.
Strebel added that about 270,000 trees have been planted in the state since the inception of the project.
She noted that the world forests were depleting at an alarming rate and commended the governor Obaseki led administration for giving support to forest regeneration.
NYSC Scheme A Corner Stone In Rebuilding Nigeria – Minister
BY STELLAMARIES AMUWA, Abuja
The minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammad Bello, has stated that the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has become the corner stone in the rebuilding process of the project Nigeria with charming attractions for a seamless cultural mix which as it were, reflects the unifying and integration force which its founding fathers sought to achieve by its creation.
The minister made this known yesterday at the swearing in ceremony for the 2018 Batch C Stream 1 Corps members yesterday at the Orientation camp, Kubwa, Abuja.
According to the minister who was represented by the chairman, NYSC FCT governing board, Mallam Bashiru Mohammad, he assured the Corps members that the path they have chosen will not only go down the annals of history but shall regenerate their sociocultural, economic and political exposures. Adding that, hate speech and fake news are serious threats to national security and the nascent democracy.
He noted that the federal government and every patriotic citizen frowns furiously at it and urged Corps members to join hands with government to disarticulate, condemn and exterminate the dreaded virus of hate speech from becoming entrenched into norms and values. “Your welfare and security remains a top priority to government and I can assure you, we are on top of our game”.
Similarly, the NYSC, FCT coordinator, Ballama Bello stated that the scheme considers the welfare and security of Corps members an uncompromising obligation and would rest on its oars, within the best of their parameters and necessary resources and materials to address Corps members welfare and security.