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Ebonyi to plant five million trees in the state

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By Ruth Oginyi

Ebonyi state government, Thursday flagged tree planting in the state.

The government, however, said about five million trees will be planted across the state to confront the adverse effects of climate change within the year.

Senior Special Assistant to the state governor on Environment, Mr. Sunday Ugwuocha made this known to journalists in Abakaliki, the state capital on the occasion of the flag of 2021 free tree planting.

Ugwuocha explained that the state-free tree planting policy has been trickled down to the primary schools in the state.

“Tree planting is part of our lifestyle in the ministry of the environment but this year alone we want to recreate a kind of pre-consciousness among the people of Ebonyi state, the need for us to confront the adverse effects of climate change.

“We are looking at planting over five million trees and that is why we have trickled down this exercise to the primary schools. In the primary schools, the pupils have started to plant trees, teachers and other staff are expected to plant trees likewise in the secondary schools. At the local government areas the same thing, at the state levels, all the MDAs and government officials are expected to plant at least 100 trees. These trees must be planted in such a way that they will not have much deficiency from growth”, he said. 

In a remark, Governor David Umahi represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe during the flag off, urged the people of the state to plant trees in their localities.

He said every government officials in the state must plant a minimum of 100 trees.

He noted that the effort of planting trees is one thing that enhances the beautify of the environment and that the ability and the consciousness of the people who planted the trees to maintain them was a more superior effort to making the environment clean.

He expressed dismay that some of the trees already planted before this year were suffering stunted growth.

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