Musa Na Allah Sokoto
As part of the effort to fight desertification, erosion control, and land degradation in Sokoto state, the Nigeria Union of Journalists Sokoto state council has signed a memorandum of understanding between Maikoli Foundation and Eco Africa Climate Change Foundation for a massive Afforestation project in the state.
In his address at the signing ceremony of the MOU held at the NUJ press center, the Chairman of the Union Comrade Dalhatu Abdullahi Safiyal Magori said the environmental project proposed and championed by Shehu Maikoli Foundation, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), and Eco Africa Climate Change Foundation is meant to create environmental awareness on alternative energy.
The NUJ chairman, further explained that conserving the environment with particular emphasis on climate change in vulnerable communities, Schools new established settlements around the state.
He said the collaboration will address, health, water, and sanitation, environment awareness, and sustainable alternative energy source, adding that planting of economic and multi-purpose tree species will the priority of the collaboration.
Magori reiterated that a tree planting and distribution project will be established to generate employment and promote the development of Forestry through community enterprises.
These orchards will be established in ten junior secondary and primary schools.
Tree seedlings will be distributed to farmers, women, and households for commercial and economic purposes.
Another area of the collaboration is the planting of trees on all roads, Mosques, Churches, Schools, and palaces across the state.
The MOU will also organize fundraising, publicity and advocacy, project design and management, construction of open dug wells, and established monitoring and evaluation of the project.
In his remarks, the Chairman of Shehu Maikoli, foundation Alhaji Altine Shehu Kajiji, commended the leadership of the Sokoto NUJ especially the chairman for bringing the idea of the engaged partnership.
He said he is optimistic the partnership will help the state arrest desertification, erosion, and continued land degradation as a result of indiscriminate fallen of trees for charcoal and fire woods.
Kajiji further advised the state government through the ministry of environment to enact enabling laws to protect forest reserves and protect engendered trees from total extinction
He lamented that Sokoto state every year suffered destruction of buildings and homes as a result of higher wind and thunderstorms, which is the negative consequences of the absence of trees that served as windbreakers to affected communities.
The Go Green project is expected to kick start on Thursday 4th of August at Maituta road SUBEB smart School, where the groundbreaking ceremony will formerly be launched, with the inauguration of the school’s Foresters club with the support of the state Universal Basic Education Board.