Climate change: Environment minister advocates national tree planting

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 the 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 well and to be resilient in their efforts, lamenting that there are various challenges in their environment, including dishonesty, kidnapping, and other forms of evil.