Nigeria@60: Youths Plant Trees in Palaces around FCT
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Ahead of the celebration of Nigeria’s 60th anniversary, a group of young people in partnership with the Youth Development Department of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA have embarked on a tree planting exercise in four palaces of traditional rulers within Abuja Municipal Area Council.
The exercise is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s agenda of planting trees to enhance Nigeria’s Carbon Sink.
The coconut and royal palm trees were planted in palaces within communities in Nyanya, Karu, Jikwoyi and Karshi. The project was well received by the local chiefs who also commended the efforts of the youths and the FCT Administration.
“I am happy to contribute my quota to help improve my country. Planting these trees was not easy, but I am glad we were given the opportunity to do this”, Grace Bala, one of the youth volunteers said while expressing her excitement to be part of such a project.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, (FAO) says planting trees remains crucial for the livelihoods of millions of people in rural areas. It plays an important role in ecological functions, including water and air purification, and the maintenance of habitats and wildlife.