By Sani Magaji Garko
The Climate change and global warming are among the issues that Kano state government is giving utmost concern due to their devastating, negative effects to the environment.
This was the word of Commissioner of Kano state Ministry of Environment, Dr. Kabiru Ibrahim Getso at a tree planting exercise organised by ‘eHealth Africa’ to celebrate the ‘Earth Day 2022’ at Kofar Na’isa in Kano Metropolis.
In a statement signed by public relations officer, Kano state ministry of Environment Sanusi Abdullahi Kofar Na’isa quoted Dr. Getso as saying that the tree planting exercise is in line with government’s policies, programmes and initiatives that are geared towards providing a safe and healthy environment to the people in the state.
The Commissioner said in the past people considered the phenomenas of climate change and global warming as myths, but now the society is suffering from their effects, citing the scorching heat in Kano where the temperature is reaching between 38 and 42 degrees as a result of global warming.
He revealed that the day-to-day human activities as the major causes of global warming. Such activities include environmental pollution, improper waste management, indiscriminate felling of trees and greenhouse gas emissions that pollute the environment.
Dr. Getso assured the association of government’s support and appealed to them to continue cooperating with government to achieved the much desired sustainable environment.
In his address, the Executive Director of eHealth Africa, Mr. Muhammad Sani Giwa, represented by Head of Operations of the association, said they organised the event to complement the efforts of Kano state government in curbing the effects of global warming.
He further said eHealth Africa planned to plant 300 trees in three (3) locations, namely: Filin Mahaha at Kofar Na’isa, Tudun Yola neighbourhood and Karkasara all within Kano metropolis
Giwa then thanked the Kano state government for its unrelenting efforts of tackling climate change and environmental challenges.
He urged the general public to join hands with governments at all levels to salvage the environment, saying the green future is the prosperous future.
Speaking at the event, the Project Manager of the group, Mr. Muhammad Bello, who was also the coordinator of the programme, said they choose to celebrate this year’s Earth Day by planting trees in Kano city to support environmental programmes and initiatives of Kano state government under the leadership of Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
“Started in 1970, the Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd”. “The main aim of celebrating the day is to find solution to threats posed by climate change and stimulate governments, corporate bodies and individuals to contribute their quota in tackling the menace of the climate change. The theme for this year campaign is “Invest in Our Planet”.
“The goal set by the global Earth Day organisers is to do away with the fossil fuel economy that do a lot of damage to the planet and redirect attention to create a new economy that is harmless to the earth.