The Federal Government has announced plans to commence the planting of 25 million trees to curb deforestation and erosion in the country in the face of the changing climatic conditions.
Muhammad Abubakar, the Minister of Environment, made the announcement at the 13th session of the National Council on Environment in Kaduna State.
The Senate Committee Deputy Chairman on Environment, Hassan Hadeja, who also spoke at the session, urged the states and federal government to invest more in solar energy. This, according to him, will go a long way in reducing environmental pollution.
Climate change has been a topical issue at many fora in different countries across the world, including Nigeria. It has affected the nation badly, resulting in devastation and destruction in many ways, from erosion to flooding and immense heat.
The plans to encourage afforestation in Nigeria will be considered a welcome development, especially in well-populated states like Lagos State, where there are more houses than trees. It will help deter hot and polluted air in the environment as well as prevent erosion and flooding in certain areas.