The Federal Government on Thursday tasked Nigerians to rise up to the challenges of desert encroachment through aggressive approach to stem the menace.
Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Federal Government (SGF) gave the advice at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) 2019 Tree Planting Campaign held at the main campus, Samaru, Zaria.
Mustapha, who was represented by Dr Habiba Lawal, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, said
the call became imperative in view of the rate at which desert was encroaching into the country.
The SGF lauded the efforts of ABU for sustaining the annual tree planting campaign and ensuring green environment in the university.
“I urge the university to sustain this event as it contributes to ameliorating climate change conditions.”
In his speech, the ABU Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba said the event was to mark the World Environment Day which focused on Air Pollution.
He noted that the management of air pollution was far more difficult than plastic wastes.
“While some plastic wastes are mainly in situations, polluted air is on transit and its origins are often not the vulnerable locations at risk.
“This signifies why global concerns on health hazard and risks of climate change are linked to the presence of particulates and gaseous emission that pollute ambient and indoor air,” he said.
The VC said the university had for 40 years adapted domesticated strategies for the non corruption of air in line with Clean Air Act of 1950s, to reduce pollution from source.
This, according to him, was to protect and enhance the quality of ambient air over all the campuses.
He assured that the the university had intensified efforts at creating awareness and educating the university community on the risks associated with air pollution.
Garba said the efforts of the university towards preventing air pollution include; the use of incinerators, ban on burning wastes in open spaces or backyards except designated dump sites, criminalising setting ablaze of university parks and gardens.
He added that the university had also erected Green Wall and parks as buffers against extreme winds and transfer of pollutants from neigbouring communities.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the theme of the programme was “Air Pollution and Campus Sustainability”.
The occasion featured foundation laying of ecological projects to be executed by the federal government in the university.
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