The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has called on construction companies and housing developers, in the Federal capital Territory (FCT), to make provisions for replacement of felled trees, as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.
In an address at the flag-off of the ‘2019 FCT Tree Planting Campaign’, to mark the 25th anniversary of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, held in Abuja, yesterday,FCT permanent secretary, Sir Christian Ohaa, noted that the administration has the challenge of felling of trees, due to provision of infrastructure and mass housing.
Ohaa stated that it has become imperative for the present and coming generation of Nigerians to recognise the dangers of desertification and drought and come together to combat the menace.
He noted that desertification remains one of the biggest and most serious environmental challenges of global proportions, because it affects all regions of the world and is characterized by the degradation of land in arid and semi-arid and sub-humid areas.
“The effects of desertification are equally serious and devastating because it primarily reduces the ability of land to support and sustain life. Desertification ensures that the land becomes less usable. Vegetation is lacked or damaged and famine inevitably occurs. Other effects include, increased gully erosions, sand storms, migration and death.”
While calling on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and residents of the FCT to join the campaign to combat desertification and drought, the permanent stated that it is always best to prevent desertification from occurring in the first place, adding that one of the most effective ways is by planting of trees.
Earlier in a welcome address, the acting coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), Mr. Mohammed Abdulraheed Suleiman, had noted that Nigeria, including the FCT has made efforts to address desertification and drought through the annual tree planting exercise.
Suleiman disclosed that this year’s event is being organised by the department of parks and recreation in collaboration with 09 Bikers Club Association, Abuja.