Written by Austine ELEMUE

NGO takes tree planting campaign to women in Bwari By Austine ELEMUE

As part of efforts to regenerate and renew the environment, a non-governmental organisation, Purplehands Empowerment Initiative, last week took tree planting awareness campaign to women and youth in Igu community, Bwari Area Council, of the Federal Capital Territory, 

The environmental awareness campaign, which was part of a week-long activities to mark the this year's World Environmental Day, was organised in collaboration with the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, and FCT Parks and Recreation. 

At the event held at the LEA Primary school, Igu community, Bwari FCT, several speakers enlightened the women, school children and community leaders on the dangers of cutting trees without commensurate replanting effort, in the wake of ravaging climate change.  

In her remarks, founder of the NGO, Max Brenda, noted that the importance of tree planting cannot be overstated, as trees release oxygen and take away bad gasses that pollute the air. 

Max said that the programme was in tandem with this year's World Environment Day theme: "Beat air pollution". 

"We are here to replant trees, because most of the women in the community fells trees for a living, so it means that trees in forest are being cut down just for fire wood. 

"While we are preparing alternative for them, we are teaching them replant these trees that have been cutted so as to regenerate and renew the environment. Being conscious of the fact that trees help check air pollution," she stressed 

Also speaking, AEPB Director, Baba-Shehu Lawan, who was represented by a senior staff from the Department of Environmental Conservation, Achesta Ibrahim, said protection of environment is everyone’s duty. 

He opined that continued protection of trees which are source of livelihood promotes good living conditions for the people. 

He assured that AEPB will continue to protect Abuja environment through proper sensitization and enforcement efforts. 

In separate interviews, representative of Igu women, Memunat Dan-Ali and the District Head of the area, Tanzako Igu, while describing the exercise as a welcome development, promised that they will discourage people of the community from cutting trees for fire wood and charcoal. 

 

 

As part of efforts to regenerate and renew the environment, a non-governmental organisation, Purplehands Empowerment Initiative, last week took tree planting awareness campaign to women and youth in Igu community, Bwari Area Council, of the Federal Capital Territory, 

The environmental awareness campaign, which was part of a week-long activities to mark the this year's World Environmental Day, was organised in collaboration with the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, AEPB, and FCT Parks and Recreation. 

At the event held at the LEA Primary school, Igu community, Bwari FCT, several speakers enlightened the women, school children and community leaders on the dangers of cutting trees without commensurate replanting effort, in the wake of ravaging climate change.  

In her remarks, founder of the NGO, Max Brenda, noted that the importance of tree planting cannot be overstated, as trees release oxygen and take away bad gasses that pollute the air. 

Max said that the programme was in tandem with this year's World Environment Day theme: "Beat air pollution". 

"We are here to replant trees, because most of the women in the community fells trees for a living, so it means that trees in forest are being cut down just for fire wood. 

"While we are preparing alternative for them, we are teaching them replant these trees that have been cutted so as to regenerate and renew the environment. Being conscious of the fact that trees help check air pollution," she stressed 

Also speaking, AEPB Director, Baba-Shehu Lawan, who was represented by a senior staff from the Department of Environmental Conservation, Achesta Ibrahim, said protection of environment is everyone’s duty. 

He opined that continued protection of trees which are source of livelihood promotes good living conditions for the people. 

He assured that AEPB will continue to protect Abuja environment through proper sensitization and enforcement efforts. 

In separate interviews, representative of Igu women, Memunat Dan-Ali and the District Head of the area, Tanzako Igu, while describing the exercise as a welcome development, promised that they will discourage people of the community from cutting trees for fire wood and charcoal. 

 

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