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Kogi ACReSAL Initiative: Transforming Landscapes with 17,166 New Trees

At the heart of this laudable initiative lies an earnest commitment to promoting climate-smart agricultural practices.

Jatto illuminated tangible and promising outcomes already evident from the ACReSAL initiative in the state.
Jatto illuminated tangible and promising outcomes already evident from the ACReSAL initiative in the state.

Kogi ACReSAL Initiative: Nurturing Sustainable Landscapes with 17,166 Trees

In a resolute bid to foster ecological resilience, the Kogi State Government has set forth an ambitious agenda through the Agro-Climatic Resilience in Semi-Arid Landscapes (ACReSAL) project.

This transformative venture stands as a beacon of hope, intending to rejuvenate an expansive 600,000 hectares of land by planting 17,166 trees across the state.

At the heart of this laudable initiative lies an earnest commitment to promoting climate-smart agricultural practices.

This noble cause was underscored by the unveiling of a program aimed at supporting 150 farmers in the state’s three senatorial districts with enhanced maize seedlings, specifically tailored for dry-season cultivation.

The unveiling took place amidst much anticipation and enthusiasm at a ceremony hosted in Kabba, Kabba Bunu local government area.

Barr. Ladi Ahmed Jatto, the astute Project Coordinator of ACReSAL, offered enlightening insights into the comprehensive six-year blueprint driving this landmark project.

With an intricate framework comprising four pivotal components, Jatto eloquently articulated the project’s overarching goal: to foster an environment conducive to enhancing the quality of life for the state’s residents.

Central to the project’s success is its steadfast focus on landscape management, a cornerstone in nurturing sustainable agricultural practices. Jatto illuminated tangible and promising outcomes already evident from the ACReSAL initiative in the state.

In commendation of Governor Yahaya Bello’s unwavering dedication to environmental preservation, Jatto expressed gratitude for the proactive stance taken towards safeguarding the state’s ecological balance.

In a proactive move towards mitigating environmental degradation, the state government distributed 303 clean cooking stoves to 100 women residing in the Western Senatorial District.

This initiative aims to alleviate reliance on firewood, effectively curbing carbon emissions.

Additionally, the installation of 21 solar-powered boreholes and street lights, complemented by 50 solar-powered street lights across senatorial districts, stands as a testament to the government’s commitment to sustainable energy solutions and enhanced community infrastructure.

Highlighting the multi-faceted benefits of the ACReSAL initiative, Jatto emphasised its role in addressing the challenges faced by women in accessing clean water sources while concurrently combating the adverse effects of rampant deforestation.

Stressing the indispensable role trees play in absorbing harmful gases, aiding in soil conservation, flood prevention, and emission reduction, Jatto championed the necessity of aggressive tree planting initiatives like the one undertaken in Kabba Bunu LGA.

Amidst the resonating discourse on environmental sustainability, Oba Solomon Owoniyi, the esteemed Obaro of Kabba, lauded the initiative’s timeliness and advocated fervently for its continuity.

Owoniyi rallied community support, calling upon residents to embrace and actively participate in the aggressive tree planting project, underscoring its critical role in preserving the local environment for generations to come.

Commissioner Omofaiye Victor Adewale, entrusted with overseeing the State’s Environment portfolio, echoed the sentiments expressed by highlighting the pivotal role of tree planting in preserving the planet’s vitality.

Grateful for the invaluable support received from the World Bank, Adewale reaffirmed the government’s steadfast commitment to combat deforestation and championed the cause of ecological equilibrium.

The occasion was symbolised by ceremonial tree plantings conducted by key dignitaries, including the Commissioner for Environment, the Obaro of Kabba, students, and esteemed opinion leaders.

These symbolic acts serve as a testament to the collective resolve and concerted efforts aimed at steering Kogi State towards a greener, more sustainable future, where harmony between man and nature reigns supreme.

 

 


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