COP28: Niger to partner NDDC, others on tree planting

The Niger State Government has solicited the partnership of the Niger Delta Development Commission in tree planting across the 25 local government areas of the state to address challenges arising from climate change.

The state governor, Mohammed Bago, made this known at an event organised on the sidelines of the ongoing Conference of the Parties Climate Summit in the United Arab Emirates on Sunday.

According to Bago, afforestation will check the high emission of greenhouse gases.

The governor said the state has 76,000 square kilometres of arable land which affords it vast expanse of space for tree planting to balance the ecosystem.

A statement from the Media Office of the Governor quoted Bago as saying, “I am really happy to be part of this auspicious occasion. When the Managing Director of the NDDC spoke, he spoke very well. Now in undertaking climate change,  there are three very important levels.

“One, the causes, the exploration of oil and also flaring of gas. The second issue is the impact of that activity on humanity and the environment. The third one that I am sure you would have enumerated is what I would help you to do which is the way forward. How do we mitigate this?”

Bago continued, “I am from Niger State. It is 76,000 square kilometres of arable land. It has two major rivers flowing through it. It has four hydro-powered dams, and this land is arable.

“Now that we are here, we need to encourage the NDDC to join in the crusade of planting trees to balance the ecosystem. When you spoke about carbon credit, one of the advantages is planting trees. Where you have high emissions, the ecosystem is affected.

“Now, where you have low emission and you have plenty of land, what we need to do is to make sure we increase our capacity in afforestation, first.”

The governor stated, “So, the companies that are in this exploration should come in as a corporate social responsibility in making sure that we afforestate our land and reduce emission. When you do that, you change to an alternative source of energy. Instead of fossil fuel, we come back to green fuel or blue energy.”

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