By Stanley Onyekwere
An Abuja based Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Purple Hands Empowerment Initiative has taken intensive tree planting and awareness campaign to residents of Sabo Karmo, in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), as part of measures to reduce the effect of deforestation in the nation’s capital city.
The exercise organised by the NGO, in partnership with AMAC and FCT department of parks and recreation, was used to encourage stakeholders in the community to always replace felled trees with environmental friendly species in their area.
Speaking at the event, the Founder, Purple Hands Empowerment Initiative, Brenda Max-Nduaguibe enjoined the people to join campaign against indiscriminate tree felling for commercial and domestic purposes.
Max-Nduaguibe particularly urged people to stop the acts of deforestation and start replanting trees in their communities to avert unnecessary disasters.
She noted that trees filter the air and strip the environment of odours, as such they are important to the ecosystem and to the environment.
She revealed that the Initiative and its partners planted no fewer than seventy trees in the community, in commemoration of this year’s World Environment Day tagged: “Biodiversity: All life is Important.”
Also speaking, Sarki of karmo, Umar Gani, commended the NGO planting trees and distribution of food items to vulnerable women in the community.
He therefore assured of his people’s commitment to the attainment of the best interest of the trees planted in his community, as they would be nurtured efficiently.