In line with the global practice of off-setting the negative effects of environmental damage and restoring natures equilibrium, a tree planting exercise was recently carried –out within Federal University Otuoke.
The exercise is a partnership between the University and Junior Chamber International (JCI) Yenagoa an NGO on an advocacy to sharpen environmental awareness in order to preserve the ecosystem for environmental sustainability.
Vice-Chancellor FUO, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko led the JCI team to the main campus area where the trees were planted.
Prof. Aluko who also planted a tree at the exercise said the institution is fostering the collaboration with JCI towards greening its campus with the hope of making FUO a model in re-afforestation.
The VC who commended efforts by JCI in environmental sustainability promised to support the noble project.
He expressed the importance of re-afforestation in campuses in order to replace the grey of concrete with the beauty of green.
In her remark, President JCI Yenagoa city, Ms Ekpe Ebere revealed that the NGO is undertaking a tree planting project tagged “GO GREEN PROJECT” in Bayelsa of which FUO is a beneficiary.
Ms Ekpe Ebere who also planted a tree, said the “GO GREEN PROJECT” is in conformity with the Millennium Development Goal number 7. – Environmental Sustainability, adding that the project advocates for green living through tree planting to save the planet.
Others who planted treesduring the exercise were the Head of Physical Planning and Development FUO, Arch. Sunmi Fajemisin, Dean Student Life, Prof. Steve Nwabuzor and Head Media and Public Relations Unit Ms Mercy Ekott.
CEO, F. Global Properties Ltd., Mr. Ifeanyi Emilike and Mr. Nengi James of “Nengi James Foundation” were amongst guests who participated in the tree planting exercise.
A total of 60 tree seedlings mostly of different species donated by JCI to FUO were planted, to actualize this objective.
The “GO GREEN PROJECT” will involve follow up, monitoring of seedlings as well as evaluation.
It is worthy to note that trees effectively nurtured on our planet can be critical to our survival, because they provide oxygen and promote the health and integrity of the soil, providing a wide range of products and services (carbon sequestration, erosion control, soil fertility, shade and beautification).
Save the planet!