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Monday, June 5, 2017

World Environment Day: NDA Primary School Plants 50 Trees

By Stella Kabruk
Kaduna -   In an effort to protect the environment and make it more friendly, the Nigerian Defence Academy Primary School, Kaduna on Monday planted 50 trees in the school compound.

Jesutoni Akoni, who led the exercise, said it was part of activities to mark the World Environment Day.

Akoni, a serving member of the 2016 /2017 Batch B NYSC, said the programme was to create awareness among pupils on the importance of trees to everyday life.

“It will equally provide them with the opportunity to have fun while discovering and connecting with their immediate environment.

“This World Environment Day, teachers, youth leaders and parents can help young people discover the nature around them.

“Bringing them outside for a mini-bioblitz in a school yard, backyard, park or other outdoor spaces nearby.

“I want to urge pupils to care and not waste natural resources.

“Do not pollute the environment but plant trees and enjoy nature. As we celebrate, let’s connect to nature, in parks, at our backyards or farms.

“Trees to be planted include; mango, orange, guava, oil bean and the local dinya trees among others,’’ she said.

She noted that the theme of the day, `Connecting people with Nature’ highlights connection between humans and nature in terms of resources, food, clean air, water, warmth and many more services which keep humans alive, healthy and happy.

Also speaking, Ahmed Sanda, an Environmental Economist with Ashawa Consult Ltd, said that trees provide conducive atmosphere to the environment.

“Trees provide good atmosphere including fresh air, protection from direct heat of the sun, serve as wind breaker, source of traditional medicine and food from the fruits.

“Tree planting could also help in controlling earthquake, flood, hurricane wind and storm.

“Our organization’s aim is to further boost disposition of a better health for the people,’’ he said.

Sanda said he would donate a weather station for the school for the school’s environment club inaugurated at the event.

He said the weather station would have thermometer, wind-gauge and other instruments that would assist the students in monitoring the environment.

Sanda appealed to the pupils not to uproot the trees planted, nurture them and  ensure that none of the trees die..

The Principal of the school, Mr Ndukwem Ogwo thanked Akoni for the gesture and appealed to the pupils to ensure that the trees are well taken care of.

He said the school wants to bring up children who would appreciate nature.

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