By Franca Ofili
The Rotary Club of Wuse Central on Saturday planted trees in Sani Abacha way, Wuse to mitigate the impact of climate change in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT)
Mr Gabriel Nkup, President of the club at the planting campaign in Abuja, said the trees would help address the scourge and cool the planet by sucking in harmful carbon dioxide to release oxygen into the atmosphere.
He said that planting trees could be the cheapest and most effective way of mitigating the current crisis facing the planet.
Nkup said that the club would monitor and maintain the trees to achieve its objective.
”In the past, FCT has few trees but now it has improved and people are enjoying the atmosphere,” he said.
Hajiya Riskat Abdulaziz, Director, Parks and Tree Maintenance Development of Parks and Creation of the FCT, said that trees are very important to human existence.
Abdulaziz said that planting of trees encourage biodiversity and helps in mitigating the effects of climate change
“The problem we are facing today is crises of climate change so we are encouraged to plant more trees to make the environment green,” she said.
Abdulaziz called on rotarians to endeavour to maintain any tree they planted to achieve its goals.
She said that the department had been sensitising Nigerians on the importance of tree planting.
She called on Nigerians to cultivate the habit of tree planting to make the environment conducive.
Abdulaziz advised that the Federal Government should find a way to empower people that were into firewood business in order to stop the cutting of trees.
Also, Mrs Amaka Ibezimako, President, Rotary Club Abuja Prestige, said that the members came out in numbers to plant trees because of the club’s resolve to support the environmental rekindling.
Ibezimako said that Rotary International recently expanded its areas of focus to accommodate what is now called ‘Supporting the Environment’ to mitigate the climate change impact on society.(NAN)