13th April, 2012
In its determination to stem global warming in Ogun State, the government is to embark on mass planting of trees across the state under a programme tagged: “Green Revolution.”
The state Commissioner for Forestry, Chief Falilu Sabitu disclosed this while speaking at a stakeholders forum on the efforts of his ministry to reduce the effect of global warming.
The commissioner who was represented by the Director of Civiculture in the ministry, Mr. Oladipo Odeyemi, confirmed that about 1.5 million tree seedlings that were allotted under the federal government’s national a forestation programme will be massively utilized under the programme.
He stated that serious desertification and deforestation coupled with the green house effect resulting from gas emission, domestic and industrial pollution had contributed in no small measure to complicate the present climate change that characterized the global weather.
The commissioner described tree planting as a succour in the present condition, stating that “trees on their own have the ability to absorb green house effects. Scientifically speaking, one tree in its life time has the capacity to absorb one tonne of carbon dioxide if it is not felled.”
He explained that under the programme, the ministry would give free seedlings to schools, churches and mosques, adding that requests from other stakeholders would be given equal attention, if such requests meet laid down requirements.
—Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta