Kebbi varsity begins tree planting to tackle hazard
As part of efforts to tackle environmental hazards, the Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi yesterday began a tree-planting exercise.The project that took place at the university’s main campus is aimed at ensuring good health hygiene, as well as fighting against environmental diseases and land encroachment.
The state Governor, Atiku Abubakar Bagudu, lauded the university for the initiative.Represented by the Commissioner for Environment and Solid Minerals, Musa Hassan Kalgo, he said tree planting was of great benefits to humanity.
The governor disclosed that the state government had lined up activities to mark the day.He cited the cleaning and elimination of garbage, polythene bags from different waterways to prevent flooding in the state.He urged the university authorities to sustain tree planting in the host community to avert flooding and other environmental hazards.
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Bello Bala Shehu, described tree planting as a crucial aspect of human life, which should be embraced by all and sundry.He said apart from beautifying the environment, planting trees benefit one’s health, and also prevent desert encroachment and global warming.He explained that it is the human being that determines how to live comfortably, adding that planting trees in our surroundings makes the environment to be conducive.
Shehu further revealed that the management had earlier planted some species of tree to facilitate the planting of many more in the institution. He also urged the commissioner to take the campaign to the grass roots, especially primary and secondary schools and other key sectors in the state.Also, the Registrar, Ibrahim Abubakar Mungadi, commended the staff and students for generously donating a variety of trees to the university. He urged the students to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the institutions.
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