The Public Relations Officer of the Federal University Dutse (FUD), Jigawa State, Alhaji Abdullahi Yahaya, yesterday said it has planted 100 tree seedlings to check desert encroachment in the institution. He made this known in Dutse, the state capital.
Yahaya who said that the trees were planted by the Governing Council of the university at eight different locations within the school, also said the Pro Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the university, Alhaji Ahmed Alti, flagged off the exercise by planting a seedling at the Senate Building of the institution.
“This is a gesture that became necessary to encourage tree planting to mitigate the effects of climate change”, he said.
He also added that the exercise which is aimed at checking desert encroachment and protectingthe environment, include tree species that are Acacia Sahel, Kahya Senegalis, Mahogany, Satellite and Neem, among others.
“The committee decided to plant the trees during rainy season because of the fact that once they (seedlings) are established during the season, they can survive on their own. Tree planting provides shade, beautifies the environment, prevent desert encroachment, serves as wind breakers, provide source of food and medicine as well as improves sight vision, among other benefits”, Yahaya confirmed.