Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State, has declined the naming of an orchard after him by the Ministry of Environment.
Zulum however, directed the orchard located at the Borno State University to be named after his predecessor, Senator Kashim Shettima.
The governor stated this during the flag off of 1,000,000 tree planting campaign across the state in response to changing ecosystem and climate conditions.
“The Commissioner had just announced naming of the University orchard after me. Instead, I have directed the orchard to be named after my predecessor. He established this University and therefore, in recognition of his tremendous achievements, I personally want to name this orchard after His Excellency, Senator Kashim Shettima”, Zulum said.
“This year’s tree planting campaign which is the first of its kind in the last ten years become necessary due to pressures from desertification, deforestation, soil erosion, poverty, and insecurity,” he noted.
The governor added that human activities like bush burning, illegal tree falling has continuously put pressure on the already fragile ecosystem, thereby threatening food security.
He expressed concern over the desertification facing the state, stating that his administration is committed to reversing the scenario.
The governor further said, “Government has already commenced raising of some seedlings, with the annual one kilometre desert reclamation programme which is handled by the Ministry of Environment.”
Zulum also announced a policy under which all construction should be accompanied by planting of trees to cushion the environmental impacts of such developmental projects.
Furthermore, the governor also made a symbolic presentation of an alternative source of energy to firewood in form of gas cookers and wood-efficient stoves.
The campaign which kicked off at the Borno State University premises after more than 10 years was attended by the Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur, Chief of Staff, Government House, Prof. Isa Hussaini Marte, Head of Service Barr. Simon Malgwi among other top government officials.
Earlier, the Commissioner of Environment, Hon. Modu Lawan Buba Walama said one million assorted trees including those with commercial values will be planted in nine Local Government Areas.