A don, Prof. Jonathan Onyekwelu, has advised the public to cultivate the habit of planting more trees in order to enhance the quality of air in their surroundings for their well being.
Onyekwelu, a Professor of Silviculture and Forest Management, Federal University of Technology (FUTA) Akure, gave this advice at the institution’s inaugural lecture.
‘‘We should plant trees around our houses, schools and offices, as well as religious worship centres and even along the streets. Every forest ecosystem has the potential to provide important resources necessary for sustainability of human livelihood on earth,” he said.
According to him, the three basic needs of mankind, which are food, shelter and clothing, can be sustained, if appropriate measures are put in place.
He, therefore, called on government at all levels to tackle deforestation and forest degradation in the country.
‘‘There should be strong will and commitment from government, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs), community -based associations and the public to drastically reduce deforestation and forest degradation’’.
The lecture’s theme was: ‘‘Sustainable Forest Management: Pathway back to the Garden of Eden”.
‘‘Adam and his family could survive in the Garden of Eden on forest resources and would have continued to do so had they not migrated from it. All of us should return to the Garden of Eden by maintaining and planting trees anywhere we find ourselves,” he added.