Chairmen of local governments in Plateau State have been directed to establish tree nurseries before the next planting season. Plateau State governor, Jonah Jang, gave the directive at the flag off of the 2014 tree planting campaign in Shendam.
Gov. Jonah Jang who was represented by speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Titus Alams, recalled how about this time in 2012, Nigeria experienced one of her worst flood disasters with devastating effects on lives and properties, saying it could have been avoided, if only the issue of forestation was given proper attention. The Governor noted that Plateau have had its share on deforestation as a result of mining activities which have left most parts of the land degraded and called for synergy between the state and the local government down to the communities in other to salvage the situation. The speaker who also spoke in his capacity as leader of the third tier of government promised that the state house of assembly will ensure easy passage of any bill that will protect the environment.
In a remark, the state commissioner for environment Sylvanus Dongtoe, said the effect of deforestation, which includes soil erosion, loss of soil fertility, drought and the likes has necessitated the call for all citizens to see themselves as stakeholders in the restoration of the environment. The commissioner made a passionate appeal to government for some practical steps to be taken towards protecting the land for posterity to include the rehabilitation of 12 tree nurseries in all the three senatorial zones of the state, 20 ad-hoc forestry staffs to be recruited per local government among others.
Earlier, Chairman of Shendam local government council Nicholas Nshe who was full of gratitude to the Ministry of Environment and the State Government for choosing his Local Government for the campaign disclosed that already the council has taken steps to promote the planting of ecological and economic trees.
Highlights of the occasion was a tree planting exercise which saw dignitaries planting a tree each. Also, the traditional dance of the Goemai people added colour to the event.