Khadijat Saidu, Birnin Kebbi
Zuru Patriotic Forum (ZPF), a social group in Zuru Emirate of Kebbi State has handed over 250 economic trees to Government Girls Science College, Ribah in Danko Wasagu Local Government Areas of the state.
The Forum, had procured the trees seedlings, nurtured it for 12 months in the College and employed guards on N15,000 monthly to keep the trees safe.
While handing over the trees to the Principal of the College, the Chairman, Board of Trustee (BOT) of the Forum, Alhaji Garba Musa Maidoki explained that the donation also covered the procurement of protective baskets, two each for the 250 young trees.
“This also covered the payment of monthly stipend for one year of two staff in charge of watering and monitoring.
“Our concern is about inculcating the love for trees amongst our young girls so that in future, they could pass the message to their children. We are also concerned about the need for the College to have a green environment to support learning”.
Maidoki, noted that the Forum have observed that the trees, comprises of Mahogany, Neems have survived and grown very fast from the seedling stages, stressed that, their survival have shown that the Forum objectives to fund the projects for green environment would be achieved.
A member of the BOT of the Forum, Professor Ahmad Sanda, who is also the projects campaigner, explained that the College, which are boarding school, fenced round, had met all the condition the Forum set for any school to benefit from such programs stressed that, without that, all the trees would be damaged.
He added that Alhaji Maidoki provided all the fund needed for the project, appreciated both the staff and students of the College, stressed that the signs of discipline and commitment from them would not be forgotten.
“The Climate change can affect our economy, our agriculture, it could cause communal clashes. Some of these crises you are seeing in Nigeria was caused as a result of climate change.
“We are doing this to enabling you have a conducive learning environment in the school. You need shields while you are studying. We are happy that this project has succeeded, over 90 percent of the tree have survived.”
He said that some of the mangos, mahogany have grown fast stressed that the school should continue to plant trees and encourage other to do the same.
Earlier, the Chairman of ZPF, Alhaji Sani Yusuf Tadi explained the Forum’s members sat and discussed what they could offer to the new and unborn generations, thereby, agreed on the project which would be of tremendous benefits to many generations.
He said; “This forum would be serving as venue for all civil servants and well to do people to be giving back to the society. This community gave us a lot, we were born here, trained here and we are going to serve the community too.
So, we are determined to serve our people and continue to put smile in their faces. So, the ZPF came out with some programs and one of them is campaign to covert desertification, from desert to afforestation. We started two years ago with a Federal College Zuru and we were here last year.’’
He commended the management of the school for thoroughly supervising and nurturing of the seedling adding that, the forum would also extend other project such as rehabilitation of the school hall.
In her remark, the Principal of the College, Hajiya Maryam Namadi, commended the forum for donating the economic trees to the school.
She said:” by extension, the forum has rendered service to humanity. Because he who plant a tree, build a house and he who destroyed a tree, destroyed a house.” I therefore, on behalf of the school management thank you for this project. This will go a long way to provide shield, correct erosion and stabilize the soil and ecosystem of the school environment. This is the best way of fighting the climate challenge and enrich our environment.”
The principal also appealed to the Forum to help them to renovate their dining hall, provision of water, fencing of girls’ hotel, adding that, the unborn generations of the community would continue to be grateful to them for the legacy they are leaving behind.