By Ndahi Marama
MAIDUGURI â€” As a result of the increase in desert encroachment, particularly in the northern parts of Borno State, the state government is set to plant over six (6) million tree seedlings before the end of this year to control deforestation which has continued to hamper environmental development of the state.
The state Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Kadiri Kazaâ€™a who disclosed this to newsmen in his office, yesterday, stated that the issue of desert encroachment, severe drought and inefficient rainfall being experienced in the state was worrisome. He stressed the need for government to take a bold step to tackle the situation headlong, considering the effect of economic melt down on the masses.
The Commissioner stated that the decision to embark on the massive planting of tree seedlings by the state government was to ensure that all the local governments, especially Bama, Konduga, Marte, Gubio, Monguno, Abadam among others, which have high records of drought and desert encroachment, are totally protected from the dangers of desertification encountered on their farming activities due to lack of adequate tree plants.
He stressed that even though, desert encroachment is a natural phenomenon in Borno, the present administration has initiated good policies and programmes aimed at making the environment favourable to its inhabitants.
Already he said, he has directed the staff of the Ministry to embark on the planting of tree seedlings within the vicinity of the ongoing 1000 Housing estate along Maiduguri- Damaturu road, in addition to that of Jimtilo among other drought rampant areas.