A group of organizations, individuals and the Embassy of Czech Republic, under the umbrella of One Environment, has planted about 200 trees in Jibi village, in Dei-Dei, under the Bwari area council of the FCT to mark the Independence Day Anniversary.
The activity kicked off the ‘Plant 5000 Trees’ initiative of the conference which artist and convener of the One Environment, Ifesinachi Nwanyanwu will stretch across 12 months from the year 2016 to 2017, to several suburbs in the FCT, including Mpape and Mararaba.
Showing his gratitude to the group, the Chief of Jibi, His Highness … said the activity marked a history in the community. Nwanyanwu averred that the perennial trees were not just meant to provide shade or yield fruits, but to compact the soil to prevent erosion in the community, as well as generate and circulate oxygen in the atmosphere.
Lauding the initiative, Founder of the Oke, Peace, Love and Light Foundation, Okechukwu Iweala, an organization focused in the motivation and grooming of young Leaders, said the activity marks a new way of celebrating the Independence Day.
“I think that the idea of doing something positive in a community or your community throughout Nigeria is a great way to signify our independence, even if it’s as simple as a step as tree planting, which both young children and adult can understand.”
He noted that tree planting can counter the effects of deforestation in Nigeria.
Representing the Czech Embassy at the event, Media attaché, Marie Novotna, argued that although Nigeria had no major environmental incidents, little issues such as deforestation and environmental degradation are overlooked.
She revealed that the embassy will host environmental workshops in the concerned suburbs, to educate the community on how to turn wastes from their environment, into wealth. She said the three-step approach will also teach school children about environmental sustainability, and educate teachers to employ an interactive and open learning approach, rather than a directive approach which promotes ‘crammed learning’ than knowledge.
Other means to ensure sustainability of the project, Nwanyanwu said includes the use of technology programmes such as google earth to monitor the trees, as well as waste to wealth workshops in between to keep in contact with the communities.
The project continues at the start of the rainy season next year, as the year winds down to the dry season.