Kano Flags Off Tree Planting Campaign, Evacuates 1,000 Trucks of Refuse in 17 Days
By Mohammed Dahiru Lawal
The Kano State Government has Thursday flagged off it’s 2021 tree planting campaign targeted at seeding 1million trees to address the effects of climate change across the state.
Addressing Journalists and relevant stakeholders Thursday during the flag off campaign ceremony, the Kano State Commissioner of Environment, Dr. Kabiru I. Getso disclosed that in less than 17 days, the state government has evacuated over 1,000 trucks of refuse as part of the Mass Environmental Clean Campaign embarked upon by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
“As you are aware, the Kano State Government under the able leadership of governor Abullahi Umar Ganduje is evolving new innovations and implementation of environmental mitigating measures to safeguard our ecosystem and to further ensure its restoration across the across the 44 local government areas of the state,” Getso said
He further disclosed that the 2021 Tree Planting Campaign with the theme, “Mitigating Climate Effects and Achieving Beautification in Kano” is meant to checkmate the indiscriminate felling of trees in Kano, which resulted the state to experienced maximum temperature of 44o celsius last year.
Speaking further, the Commissioner, stated that, the State has keyed into National Great Green Wall Project, and already they have provided funds and lands for the establishment of community tree nurseries and plantations in the state.
He revealed further that Kano is actively participating in the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, and already the government has provided N500 Million as well as Office Complex for the State project Management Unit.
He also explained that they have promulgated the state policy on environment in order to give policy directions for the environmental sector.
He added that, “we have drafted the state pollution control Bill as well as State Forestry Bill to enforce compliance to environmental laws, and enforce the law we have recruited 1,000 Sanitation Vanguards to police our environment.”
The commissioner also revealed that the state has put in place erosion control measures in Dawakin Tofa, Nassarawa and Tarauni Local Government Areas (LGA).
Speaking on behalf of the joint organization of the Community Health and Research Initiative (CHR), Youth Society for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases and Social Vices (YOSPIS) and the Accountability Mechanism for Maternal Mortality in Kano State (AMMKaS), Mr. Sulaiman Jalo, who planted a tree at state road representing the joint organizations, advocated for the inclusion of Kumbotso LGA which he said is facing a serious air pollution and erosion as a result of the Sharada industrial effluents being discharged into Tsatsawarki stream passing through Tukuntawa, Shagari quarters, Maidule, Sheka and Na’ibawa.
The Honorable Commissioner pledged to send a technical team as soon as possible to assess the level of the hazard.