Niger State Sets to Plant 19m Trees in Two Years

In accordance with Gov. Umaru Bago’s proposals for a green economy, the Niger government claims that it will plant around 19 million trees in the next two years.

At a news conference on Thursday in Minna, Yakubu Kolo, the state commissioner for environment and climate change, announced that “this is to make the state a green hub of the nation and attract local and international guests.”

Sirajo Sa’eed, the ministry’s permanent secretary, spoke on behalf of Mr. Kolo and stated that preparations are being made to host the first green economy summit in October.

He mentioned that the ministry had made some progress in combating deforestation, noting that the crackdown on illegal logging had brought in five million naira.

Adding that it has discovered locations where chemicals are being stored, he stated that the ministry is striving to address the issue of dump sites in significant towns.

Additionally, the state government had given contractors in charge of the Minna and Bida urban redevelopment projects six hectares of land for yard construction, according to Maurice Magaji, the state commissioner for lands survey.

The unfinished Maitunbi/Rafin Yashi bye-pass would also be developed and dualized, he added, stating that the land was at Rafin Yashi.