Group launches tree planting campaignNigeria
Community Link Advancement Programme (CLAP) and the British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF) have launched this year’s Tree Planting Campaign in Tede, a rural community in Atiba Local government Area of Oyo State.
Speaking at the event, First Lady of Oyo State and Founder of the CLAP initiative, Chief (Mrs.) Oluwakemi Alao-Akala, said that the event was the fulfilment of the pledge of CLAP to engage in massive awareness creation on issues bothering on the environment.
“We face a serious challenge of coming up with ways of meeting our human needs without continuing to hurt mother earth, and afforestation is considered an important environmental tool,” she said.
She challenged authorities, especially in the Oke-Ogun area, where illegal tree felling thrives to enact more stringent laws in the state against indiscriminate felling of trees which she said would make it compulsory that when a tree must of necessity be felled, at least five to ten times the number of the trees should be replanted.
She also commended BATNF for its continued partnership in the fight against desertification and promotion of reforestation. She said, “BATNF remains our major partner in the tree planting advocacy and I must say that CLAP has enjoyed tremendous support from the Foundation in this direction.”
Chairman of Atisbo Local Government Area, Alhaji Ismail Ademola Adedeji, said the issue of climate change is a very critical phenomenon that must not be taken for granted.
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