Climate change: Environment minister advocates national tree planting, unveils FG’s plans 

In order to combat challenges necessitated by climate change, the Minister of State for Environment, Iziaq Adekunle Salako, has emphasised the importance of environmental conservation initiatives in the country.

Speaking Sunday in Abuja, during the 50th National Convention of the Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Nigeria (Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation), Salako stressed the crucial need for greening efforts in Nigeria, a country known for its strong connection to nature. 

He highlighted the significance of nature-based solutions in addressing climate-related challenges, many of which are human-made, emphasizing the importance of proper management and utilisation of natural resources in mitigating these challenges.

The minister outlined government’s top priority to enhance the Nigerian environment through various greening efforts, including promoting urban greenery, tree planting, flower cultivation, and discouraging harmful practices like cutting of trees, particularly due to their impact on the environment.

He stressed the commitment to environmental sustainability and proactive measures to protect and enhance the nation’s natural resources.

On his part, the Amir of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Alhaji Olatoye Folorunsho Abdulaziz, highlighted the role of the youth, specifically the Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Nigeria to achieve developmental goals.

He stated that his message to the youth is to maintain consistency in doing good and to be resilient in their efforts. 

He lamented that there are various challenges in their environment, including dishonesty, kidnapping, and other forms of evil.

He, however, said it is crucial to advocate for peace and to remain resilient in upholding the rights of others to ensure peace prevails. 

He said, without resilience, one may become discouraged and lose hope, potentially leading to negative outcomes.

He further urged the youth not to lose hope but to persevere and support the government in all endeavors that promote the common good, as they are the future leaders in serving humanity.

Abdulaziz said governance revolves around ensuring the welfare and security of the people, and their youth should remain focused on these aspects.

Also speaking, the National President of Majlis Khuddam Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisations (MKA) Nigeria, Abdur Roqib Akintunde Akinyemi, stated the significance of service as the core principle during the celebration of the 50th edition of the national convention of Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Nigeria.

He reiterated the organisation’s commitment to service to humanity, rooted in acknowledging worship of Allah and being dutiful to mankind.

Akinyemi highlighted the importance of youth contributing to national development by collaborating with the government and initiating projects.

He urged the youth to persevere in their efforts, emphasizing that recognition may not come immediately, but rewards await in the long run.

Furthermore, Akinyemi acknowledged the participation of international delegates in the convention, underlining the importance of learning from each other and living exemplary lives filled with piety.

He stressed that the initiative encompasses all aspects of life and is key to achieving success, both individually and collectively.