By Chris Ochayi

The Nigerian Institute of Architects, NIA, has embarked on tree planting nationwide. The Institute’s target is to plant a minimum of one million trees in the next ten years.

The Chairman Abuja chapter of the Institute, Mr. Stanley Kolo who disclosed this during the awareness talk on tree planting campaign in Abuja, said it is duty of architects to take charge of the environment.

“As long as we take from the environment there is need to give back to the environment, this is very important for the eco-system.  There is need to sensitize people on the need for tree planting, as long as people take timber, roofing, and all forms of wood from the environment, there is bound to be environmental hazard,” he said.

Continuing, the NIA boss said: “Tree planting is not only for desert encroachment or for soil erosion responses. It is also meant to reduce the heating up of the earth’s surface due to the infrared radiation that is emitted by the greenhouse gasses from the atmosphere, as a the temperature of the earth’s surface and tower atmosphere increases.”

Another architect, Umaru Usman said the Federal Capital Territory is the best place from where to start this challenging campaign.

“While making efforts in this professional endeavour we also see the need to consider this mitigation and adaptation responses holistically by involving all stakeholders in the built environment,.” he said.

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