Yobe State Government on Wednesday kicked off a 20 million tree-planting and the State Climate Change Action Plan.
The event held at Dursuwa on the outskirts of Damaturu was launched, Governor Mai Mala Buni.
Buni stated that the action plan on climate change targets the planting of five million trees each year for the next four years.
“It is imperative for us to begin our innovative drive at raising at least 5 million assorted tree seedlings annually to achieve our target of raising 20 million trees in four years. This, we believe, will provide the much-needed impetus for our land restoration and increased vegetation cover in the state.”
Buni, who regretted the effects of desertification in the state, emphasised that the citizens have the responsibility to safeguard the environment against man-made and other natural factors like rainfall pattern etc.
He stressed that his government was embarking on the massive tree planting to counter human activities of illegal tree felling so as to recover lost vegetation and stimulate economic growth.