Naomi Gabriel —
The Bauchi State Government is set to plant 550,000 seedlings of variety of trees in its efforts to address the problems of deforestation. Mr Ibrahim Kabir, the Director-General of the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), disclosed this in an interview in Bauchi, the state capital yesterday.
Kabir said the tree project would cover 53,000 hectares of land.
”These trees will be planted in the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state under the government’s drive of establishing community nurseries where seedlings would be raised. This initiative is to assist government to check desertification, promote afforestation as well as address the pressing ecological problems affecting the state,” he confirmed.
While noting that the state was presently grappling with ecological problems which include soil erosion, deforestation, drought and other related issues, Kabir added that the state government planted no fewer than 750,000 trees in 2020.