By Our Reporter
An indigene of Nko in Yakurr local government area of Cross River State , Chief James Odidi has called on private citizens to join hands with government at all level and other International organizations to fight the dangers of climate change currently facing the world by planting a tree.
He said this when he planted over a hundred and fifty seedlings of trees in Nko, Yakurr LGA.
According to Mr Odidi, the fight against climate change can not be left in the hands of government and international organizations alone has its adverse effect is on everyone.
He said the gesture was his own contribution to fight the dangers climate change posses as well as compliment the efforts of the Cross River State government in that direction.
“My aim is to combat global warming begining from my own village, Nko. Hopefully, soon we will take it to other villages and towns across the state. Tree Planting is a global initiative against climate change which effect we have witnessed and still witnessing all over the world.
“Therefore, by planting a tree, we are saving life, we are protecting our environment and community, we are providing a better living condition for both man, plant and our community among several other socio-economic benefits.
The occasion which saw a large turn of dignitaries including the Executive Chairman of Yakurr local government council, Hon. Ofem Ebri, Obol Lopon of Nko, His Royal highness Obol Efefiom Ayomobi, and the Executive Secretary, Ugep Urban Development Authority.
The Obol Lopon of Nko, Obol Efefiom Ayomobi lauded Mr Odidi for not only appreciating nature but also going the extra mile to make sure it is preserved.
“I love nature alot, so when I see someone who loves nature it is easy for me to appreciate them. This is a very laudable Initiative and I will encourage him to not only stop here but also take steps to preserve the trees until they are grown” Obol Ayomobi said.
Also, Chairman of Yakurr LGA, Ofem Ebri who was represented by leader of the legislative council promised to work together with Mr Odidi in making sure that the initiative is carried out in other communities across the LGA.
Executive Secretary, Ugep Urban Development Authority, who was also represented by a director in the agency, Hon. Ikpi Uket, acknowledged the importance of tree planting, emphasizing that the benefits of the tree will only be achieved if it is protected from being damaged and is nurtured to grow.
Cross River State plays host to over 50% of Nigeria’s rain forest reserve. In 2019, the State government launched a major campaign to fight climate change by planting over one million seedlings of tree. In July 2021 the government again, during it’s green carnival also planted several seedlings of tree in the state capital.