Delta, Desert Warrior Collaborate to Fight Desertification

ASABA/Nigeria: The Delta State Government says it has joined a tree planting campaign in collaboration with a non-governmental organization, Fight against Desert Encroachment, FADE.
The Director General of the Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency Mrs. Onyemaechi Mrakpor, and the State Commissioner for Tourism, Lawrence Ejiofor, made this known in Asaba, while participating as Guest Planters, at the Mandela Wildlife and Resort in the state capital.
83 year old Dr. Newton Jibunor who organizes the tree planting event noted he had undergone three expeditions across the Sahara Desert, saying long term tree planting could address some of the environmental and security challenges in the country.
“Almost every state, you hear them making announcements, we are planting one million trees today; another state is planting another one million trees. Where are those trees today?” If those trees were nurtured.”
Dr. Jibunor stated he witnessed the dwindling of the Lake Chad in northeast Nigeria, and warned against felling of trees, while advocating tree planting to recede natural phenomena like soil erosion and desert encroachment.
The Director General of Delta State Capital Territory Development Agency, Onyemaechi Mrakpor, who planted and named a tree at the garden, commended the initiative and expressed forthcoming environmental policies in the area.
“The extension between fences and roads, for everyone that is kept clean, you don’t find hawkers there. Its either we come up with (new policy) – put concrete between your fence and the walkway, or plant flowers. Imagine if every fence had that”. She observed.
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism Lawrence Ejiofor, at the event mentioned tree planting was cheaper than many home designs, stating the government had embarked on the construction of three recreational centers at 70% level of completion.
Some names given to trees planted at the event include Ada Anioma, Restoration Tree and Omu Anioma amongst others.

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