As Nigeria joined the rest of the world to celebrate World Desertification Day, WDD, the Ministry of Environment has warned that over 42 percent of the nation’s landmarks were taken away by desert, while 40 million Nigerians in the northern states are affected by the effect of desertification.
The permanent secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Nana Fatimah Mede gave the warning during the tree planting exercise to commemorate WDD in Bwari, Abuja.
Mede also advised Nigerians to imbibe the culture of tree planting as it would mitigate the effect of drought and desertification in the country.
“We are doing this today to create awareness because the effect of desertification is telling at us on the face,” she said
She also said that effect of climate change could be reduced when there were trees, noting that the trees would help to absorb green house gas submission.
Among other importance of trees in environment, the permanent Secretary said, it will ensure food security and also ensure that the soil is protected.
“When trees are planted, the soil is protected, help us to improve our yields from farmland as well as even general security. Because when there is no food and when people cannot have access to source of livelihood, it creates crisis and anxiety,” she said.
According to her, desert is fast encroaching on the South West, warning that failure to do something such as tree planting, would be disastrous.

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