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World Environment Day: Anambra inaugurates 1million tree planting campaign



…Stakeholders urge larger societal action on environmental protection

By Stanley Nwako and Blessing Nnabuife

GOVERNOR of Anambra State, Charles Soludo has inaugurated one million trees planting campaign in the state.
Governor Soludo performed the symbolic tree planting exercise at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, to Mark the 2022 World Environment Day Celebration.
The World Environment Day 2022 as championed by the United Natoons Environment Programme (UNEP) is celebrated on June 5th, every year, to raise awareness about degrading environmental conditions and to encourage people globally to take positive environmental actions and help create a better future.
The initiative is aimed at realising the present administration’s vision of a sustainable, beautiful and environmentally friendly Anambra State, with the planting of trees of various kinds in homes and other public places across the state.
This year’s World Environment Day with the theme, ‘Only One Earth,’ which is apt for the state is geared towards fighting the environmental degradation being experienced throughout the state.
Governor Soludo while performing the function said the tree planting initiative is more significant to the state because of its numerous erosion challenges and the need to galvanise and create awareness on the public to imbibe healthy environmental habits and also to mobilise every household in Anambra to take responsibility to make their home green by planting at least, two trees.
In his words: To achieve our lofty goals in this all important sector, every citizen has a role to play because a look around our cities, environmental challenge, including erosion and proper waste management is staring us in the face. I therefore call on all ndi Anambra to plant at least, two or more trees and discourage deforestation as a way of salvaging what is left of our environmental’.
Prof Soludo, who enumerated the associated challenges of being careless with the environment to include flooding and erosion, asked households in the state to contain the water within their compounds. He urged the people to support the public to join the campaign to preserve the environment by supporting the initiative.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Environment, Mr Felix Odimegwu noted that the initiative will in no mean measure, give impetus to the governor’s environmental developmental agenda as the people will develop the habit of planting.
In an interview with National Light , the Commissioner for Information, Sir Paul Nwosu, said that through the government initiative, the project must be driven by the people to realise its objectives, adding that the target of a million trees is achievable if only the masses will participate in the initiative.
In attendance at the ceremony were the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uche Okafor, wife of the governor, Mrs. Nonye Soludo, president general of ASATU, Titus Akpudo, the Managing Director, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation (ANPC), Sir ChukaNnabuife, among others.
Planting of trees to mark the inauguration by the Governor and his wife formed the highpoints of the event.

In a related development, Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo has charged ndi Anambra to key into the mandate of ‘Operation One House Two Trees’in each compound to make the environment more habitable.

The governor made this statement during the 2022 World Environment Day, with the theme,”‘ Only One Earth’, which was held at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre, Awka.
The governor, who was represented by the Head of Service, Theodora Igwegbe, maintained that with planting of over one million trees and grasses, it will help to fight erosion and environmental menace.

He re-echoed the call for ndi Anambra to key into being productive in keeping the environment more livable as the theme implies as we don’t have any other earth.
Commissioner for Environment , Felix Odimegwu, expressed gratitude to God for the gift of life, and appreciated the Soludo- led administration for making environment the first priority of ndi Anambra.

Odimegwu urged ndi Anambra as a whole to embrace raising their consciousness towards adopting a sustainable environmental management that will promote Anambra State.
He restated that the state government is out to sanction defaulters of waste management law, as the state government has abolished poor waste disposal and collections of waste and introduced door to door stationing of waste-bins for easy evacuation of wastes.
Dr. Emmanuel Obiano and Prof Anthony Okoye, during their lectures, explained that the theme, “Only One Earth ” implies that we don’t have any other earth, which means that whatever environmental treat that occurs will affect everyone within the territory irrespective of your involvement or not.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Anambra Newspapers and Printing Corporation ( ANPC), publisher of National Light, Ka O Di Taa and SportslightXTRA, Sir Chuka Nnabuife, advised the general public to adhere to all measures that will help prevent environmental menace in the state and also form the culture of celebrating environment day every day by taking charge and making the environment more habitable to live.
Traditional ruler, Orumbanaasaa, Igwe Pius Omechonu, said that if the environment is properly managed, there will no longer be unemployment in the state and the world at large, as they are more to our environment.

The event had in attendance, Commissioner for information, Sir Paul Nwosu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Emma UdeAkpeh, among others

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