Environment day: N-HYPPADEC launches 1m nursery trees in Plateau

The National Hydroelectric Power Producing Areas Development Commission (N-HYPPADEC) Wednesday, says it is determined and commited at mitigating the menace of environmental degradation in the country.

Its Managing Director Alh. Abubakar Yelwa, stated this at the launch of community tree nursery with the capacity to produce 1,000,000 seedlings of indigenous economic trees as part of activities to mark the 2024 World Environment Day, themed: “Land restoration, desertification and droughts resilience,” held at the Barikin Ladi Local Government Council Secretariat.

He said in addition to the effects of dams, the deforestation required to create farmlands and other infrastructural developments has led to significant changes in vegetation, contributing to desertification and other ecological challenges.

“As an organisation responsible for managing the ecological impact of hydroelectric power activities, the N-HYPPADEC is deeply committed to mitigating these impacts.

“Our mission is to address the ecological problems resulting from the overloading of dams and to foster sustainable environmental management in the power-producing areas,” he said.

MD Yelwa, further said as part of their mission they, “are launching an ambitious project to establish a community tree nursery with the capacity to produce 1,000,000 seedlings of indigenous economic trees.

“By planting these trees, we will restore degraded lands, improve soil fertility and create new sustainable sources of income for our communities.

“Let me appeal to Local Government Councils Chairmen, you need to donate lands for us to plant this trees,” he said.

In his remarks, the Plateau state Governor, Caleb Mutfwang, represented by the State Commissioner of environment and climate change, Peter Gwom, said the Government intends to plants10m trees within the span of five years.

“We have planted 15,000 trees at the Jos wildlife park, we will soon plant others across our afforestation in the three-geopolitical zones of the state,” he said.

Governor Mutfwang, appreciated the series of interventions of N-HYPPADEC in the state.