Nigeria: Ekiti Promotes Tree Planting to Combat Flooding, Storm
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
Ekiti State Commissioner for Environment, Chief Bisi Kolawole has advised people in the State to cultivate the habit of not only planting trees but also avoiding indiscriminate felling of trees to evade flooding. Ekiti State is within the south-west of Nigeria that always enjoy adequate rainfall that can occasionally be accompanied by windstorms.
Speaking in Ado Ekiti, the capital city of the state on the rainstorms recently witnessed in the State, Chief Kolawole noted that indiscriminate felling of trees was harmful to the environment and could cause flooding, stressing that trees are actually essential in protecting homes and communities.
The Commissioner emphasised that a minimum of two trees should be planted in place of every tree that was pull down in order to protect the environment from rainstorm, flooding and strong wind.
Kolawole stressed that besides functions of aesthetics and shade; mature trees stabilize soil and reduce erosion, increase soil fertility, enhance the capability of land to store water, provide wildlife habitat, moderate air and soil temperatures and help regulate minerals in the soil.
According to him, trees improve air quality for healthier breathing by absorbing carbon dioxide and potentially harmful gasses such as carbon monoxide and sulphur dioxide from the air while simultaneously releasing oxygen into the atmosphere.
Reiterating the determination of the State Government to also end indiscriminate dumping of refuse and building of structure along waterways, the Commissioner said that no reasonable government would tolerate acts that could lead to flooding and other health hazards in its environs.
Chief Kolawole explained that it was the responsibility of everybody to complement government’s efforts by keeping their environment clean, just as he assured that the State Government would continue to initiate policies and programmes that would be beneficial to the people.