The Niger government is to distribute 2 million assorted seedlings of economic trees free of charge to citizens before the end of the wet season.
A statement by Mr Jonathan Vatsa, the state commissioner for Information, indicated that the trees would be distributed across the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.
It pointed out that the initiative would forestall the degradation of the environment occasioned by low level of tree planting in the state.
“Niger state government is making arrangements to distribute 2 million assorted seedlings of economic trees free to residents of the state for planting. The Ministry of Environment is saddled with the responsibility to ensure that the seedlings are made available and distributed in all the 25 Local Government Areas of the state to prevent erosion and other natural disasters,’’ Vatsa said.
He added that the tree planting would assist in conserving the water cycle, stressing that without trees, many forest lands could degenerate to become deserts.
“So, we strongly warn against indiscriminate felling of trees especially Shea butter trees in parts of the state as the law against tree felling is still in force. When the soil is degraded through uncontrolled felling of trees, human life is generally threatened,’’ he said.