Foundation Plants Trees in Eroded Kano Village Where No Single Girl Ever Attended Secondary School
AREWA AGENDA – As part of it’s activities to mark the world environmental day, the Green Foundation in collaboration with Evolve Project Sunday embarked on a tree planting excercise at Dan Yashi village in Rimin Gado Local Government Area of Kano State.
The excercise was part of the Organizations activities to promote a quality environment in response to climate change.
On getting to the village, Arewa Agenda discovered that with a population of about 5,000 no single girl in that community has ever obtained a secondary school certificate while the boys that manage to graduate from tertiary institutions are not more than 20 every year.
Situated in Dan Yashi village, Karofin Yashi Ward, Rimin Gado Local Government of Kano State within the geographical coordinates 11° 52′ 55″ North, 8° 20′ 37″ East, Dan Yashi is largely affected by erosion and the town has only two canoes used to cross the stream as an only means for residents to enter their village through Rafin Dan Shayi.
Even though the village is just few kilometers away from a main road, residents have to pay N20 to be ferried or swim across if they cannot afford the fare.
While submitting the trees to the village head, the founder and CEO Green Foundation Sadiq Ahmed Gumel noted that the reason why Dan Yashi was chosen for the tree planting exercise was because the town is facing a serious erosion crisis that needs instant intervention from the advocates of Sustainable Development Goals.
“We came for tree planting campaign and awareness not because Danshayi has no trees, but the town is facing serious issues of erosion, this erosion can be stopped by tree plantation, I believe these trees if maintained and nurtured, the level of erosion will be reduced, also the socio economic productivity of the environment will definitely increase.” He said
On his own part, Vice Lead Media of The Evolve Project, Musa Sani Aliyu said they planted the trees in line with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved in 2030 for the development of affected and remote areas with high level of erosion like Danshayi village. He emphasised the need for maintainance of the trees by the community to the growing level and urged them to focus on watering the seedlings they planted.
“if you take care of trees, you take care of life and your reward is from God directly.” Musa said.
He further promised to revisit the village and see how the trees are effectively growing.
A lecturer with the department of Biological Sciences at Bayero University Kano, Dr Tijjani Imam encouraged the plantation of trees not only in Danshayi Village but throughout the country. He condemned indiscriminate deforestation without due process, and asked whoever cut down a tree with purpose of medication or producing food items to replant another to reduce the damage of climate change. He urged the government to re-enforce the laws of punishing whoever is caught in the act of deforestation without due process.
Malam Shehu Sani, the village head of Danshayi appreciated the effort of the organizations as the only ones that have ever visited the village on the devastating erosion they are facing.
He further called the attention of those in power to fulfill their promises and provide them another mean of transportation other than usage of canoe to cross the stream that links the village with the main road nothing that the village has not seen power supply for about 10yrs and their primary HealthCare facility is not functional.
“We are using same canoe you crossed with to take our patients to the Madobi hospital in absence of crossing bridge” a resident of Dan Shayi Village lamented.
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