From Femi Oyelola Kaduna
The Patron of African Climate Reporters, Dr. Yusuf Nadabo has raise alarm over the effects of climate change on the globe, saying things hitherto not seen before are happening nowadays.
He stated this at the first skating for climate change in Kaduna organized by African Climate Reporters held in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, melting of ice, ocean rising, flooding and extreme heat recorded, all attest to the fact that there is global warming and is a reality; adding that the things hitherto not seen before is happening nowadays.
“It is a concrete reality and this is what we have to really tackle.
We have to accept the fact that this is a global trend and the way we can manage it is to arrest deforestation through planting of trees.
“We may very soon with consolidation of our efforts come to counter the global effect and that is why we are here today. This event is to raise awareness of the general public on this dangerous global trend,” he said.
Similarly, the National President, Tranquility Movement of Nigeria.
Alhaji Ibrahim Gashash, said the issue of climate change is real and has reached a stage that Nigerians must get serious and make attempt to bring it under control.
He said the existence of a tree even within the home makes the weather better; adding that oxygen exchange that comes with trees is health for everybody, saying, this reduces the heat and climatic change experience we are suffering now.
“If there are trees around, most of the moisture we are having will be absorbed by trees and converted to something useful and beneficial to us.
“In other countries there are rules, regulations and laws as regards tree plantations, unfortunately in Nigeria it is nonexistent. Ten to fifteen years ago in Kaduna metropolitan city all of the streets were lined with trees.
“In fact, everywhere one goes in the major streets were under the shadow of trees. But today all the trees have been felled for timber, something not even worth it. There used to be trees of over hundred years; while some are still there others have been vandalized.
“You see the fruits we are eating today were planted by people earlier and if we don’t plant another set, those old trees will die off and our children will have nothing to eat again,” he lamented.
Similarly, President, Peace Revival Reconciliation Foundation of Nigeria; Pastor Yohannah Buru, going down memory lane said as a primary school pupil he could remember vividly the magnitude of rain fall experienced in 70s in Nigeria where unprecedented.
“When I relocated to NITEL QuartSa in Sabon Tasha, Chikun Local Government Area, the few residents there were excited. They told my family that they were living with snakes and thick elephant grasses.
In fact you can’t access the area throughout the raining season this is to tell you how things have change.”