Borno state government has relaunched the annual tree planting campaign which was stopped more than ten years ago due the Boko Haram insurgency.
At a ceremony at the Borno state University, Maiduguri, Governor Babagana Zulum expressed the need to reclaim the environment that has been badly affected by natural and human factors.
Governor Zulum said geographical location, coupled with human factor, has made the state more vulnerable to environmental challenges, including desertification, deforestation, soil erosion and environmental terrorism.
He expressed his administration’s committed to reverse the situation and also continue to encourage tree planting to save the environment.
According to the Governor, a bill to amend the Borno state Tree felling and bush burning edict will be forwarded to the state assembly.
“Government will henceforth make it a policy that all construction works should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impact”.
Commissioner of Environment Alhaji Modu Walama said the ministry has raised more than one million trees from nine local government areas for the campaign.
Representative of Director Drought and Desertification Federal Ministry of Environment Mr Walter Okon said the reintroducing the tree planting campaign will go along way in addressing desertification and desert encroachment in the state.
The Governor also launched the University orchard named after former Governor Kashim Shettima.
The event has as its theme tree for restoration.