Nigeria plants 10m trees to combat deforestation

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By Fabian Ekeruche

Lagos, Aug.11, 2022 The Federal Government is planting about 10 million trees in 2022 to check deforestation.

This was made known in Lagos on Thursday by Prof. Adesola Adepoju, Director-General, Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria, Ibadan.

He spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the side lines of a stakeholders’ workshop on resource mobilisation for the National Forestry Trust Fund.

“We won’t put the figure together until the end of the planting season in October.

“Wood exporters are planting. The Federal Government is planting in the neighbourhood of about 10 million seedlings this year and we are already on the field.

“We are completing planting between the end of September and middle of October, depending on how much rain we have.

“At the end of the day, we would have known the total number of trees planted by the multinationals, by the charcoal associations and by farmers,’’ he said.

Prof. Adepoju, the National Coordinator of the Afforestation Programme said a report would be submitted to the Federal Ministry of Environment after the exercise.

He also told NAN that the Federal Government was collaborating with states and private organisations that have land to expand the forest estates.

He blamed the unavailability of rangers and forest guards for the encroachment on Nigeria’s forests.

“Once the rangers and guards are back, they will be able to help the military and other security agencies to comb the forests.

The theme of the workshop is “’Sustainable Forest Management’’.