As the world mark,the world Environment Day, the Country Director, Oxfam Nigeria, Mr Constant Tchona has called for a National Tree planting day in Nigeria.
The Country Director, made the call at an online media conference to mark this year’s World Environment Day.
“The World Environment Day is marked globally on June 5, to seek for more action and increase awareness on protecting the environment.”
“The international theme this year is ‘Time for Nature’, and for Nigeria, we have chosen to focus on ‘Action for the Environment’. Nigeria is plagued with various environmental challenges.
According to Mr Tchona the challenges include Climatic change, Oil pollution, Drought and desertification as well as Flooding.
“Others are Erosion, Water pollution and solid waste that isn’t bio-degradable.”
“These challenges and more result in food insecurity, loss of lives and property, destruction of means of livelihood and generally increased scarcity of resources.”
“The issue of food security is of paramount importance and is largely linked to the environment and climate.”
Mr Tchona said that Nigeria could grow additional 4 million trees nationwide every year so that citizens would breathe in cleaner air.
“Although the country is currently facing a health and security crisis simultaneously, it is important to draw attention to the environment because it is an issue that cannot wait.”
The theme this year is ‘Time for Nature’, and for Nigeria, we have chosen to focus on ‘Action for the Environment’.