The Federal University Birnin-Kebbi, FUBK has flagged-off tree planting exercise to commemorate the 2018 World Environment Day on Tuesday.
A statement by the Head, Information and Public Relations, Jamilu Magaji, disclosed that in line with this year’s theme: ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’, the state government had lined up activities such as cleaning and elimination of garbage, polythene bags in different waterways.
According to Mr Magaji, the activities are aimed at preventing flooding in the State.
The information officer pointed out that the exercise, which witnessed a number of stakeholders, was flagged-off by the Commissioner, Kebbi State Ministry for Environment and Solid Minerals, Musa Kalgo on behalf of the University.
He said that the commissioner, who commended the university management, urged them to continue to inculcate the spirit of tree planting in the host community in order to avert the occurrence of flooding and other environmental hazards.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Bala Shehu, stressed the importance of tree planting, describing it as crucial aspect of human life which should be embraced by all and sundry.
Mr Shehu, a Professor of Neurosurgery, said apart from beautifying the environment, planting trees benefit one’s health and as well prevent desert encroachment and global warming.
“He noted that it is the human being that determines how to live comfortably, adding that planting trees in our surroundings makes the environment conducive,” he said.
The vice-chancellor further stated that although, the management had earlier on planted some species of tree, the flag-off marking the 2018 World Environment Day would enable it to plant many more trees in the institution.
He appealed to the Commissioner to take the campaign to the grass root at primary and secondary school levels and other key sectors in the State.
In appreciation, Registrar of the University, Abubakar Mungadi, expressed gratitude to staff and students for generously donating a variety of trees to the University. He thanked the Commissioner, his entourage and other participants for making the exercise a huge success.