Minister tasks Abuja residents on tree planting

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

The Federal Capital Territory, FCT Administration has charged residents and corporate organisations to imbibe the habit of tree planting.

This is as part of efforts aimed at safeguarding the Eco-system in Abuja.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello was speaking at the 2017 World Environment Day Celebration in Abuja.

Malam Bello reiterated that the citizens must join the government as it steps up efforts to safeguard the environment against any distortion especially indiscriminate falling of trees which he said could increase global warming.

“Cutting off a tree without permission is an offence and if you must do it, then you have to obtain permission from the right authority and pay the prescribed fees,” he said.

The Minister  explained that as part of the administration’s commitment to ensure sustainable protection of the environment, it has introduced several programmes such as the Household and Community Sanitation exercise, integrated solid waste management as well as mobile truck waste collection system.

Others include aggressive campaign against bush burning, the ongoing city beautification project among others.

Malam Bello commended the Nigerian Government for making tremendous efforts towards protecting the Eco-syetem for the benefit of the present generation and posterity.

The Acting Coordinator of Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, Hajiya Safiya Umar explained that the essence of the programme was to raise awareness on the importance of maintaining a safe and healthy environment.

Confidence Okwuchi