In the bid to combat climate change, the Ondo State Government has begun a tree-planting programme that targets three million trees across the state.
Sunday Akinwalire, the commissioner for environment, said at a ceremony in Oba Ile, that the project would beautify the state and secure its environment.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that he said a safe environment was key to the continued survival of humanity.
He added that the need to preserve the environment as a result of climate change challenges was not negotiable.
Mr Akinwalire urged residents of the state to support the government’s effort to promote a cleaner and healthier environment.
”It is our duty to promote environmental cleanliness. We must do everything possible to make our environment neater and safer.
”It is environmentally unfriendly to dump refuse indiscriminately. We shouldn’t also block water channels. Let’s support the ongoing beautification project,” he said.
The commissioner commended the Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led government for its environment-friendly projects.
”The government has shown enough commitment towards a cleaner and safer environment,” he said.
In June, the state government had sent Rasaq Obe, commissioner for energy, mines, and mineral resources, and Babajide Akeredolu, director-general, Project Performance, and Implementation Monitoring Unit (PPIMU), to attend German-African Energy Forum in Germany as part of the strategy to learn and deploy clean energy solutions and also protect the environment.
“Ondo State is set to deploy the unique sun power that makes it ‘sunshine state’ to support solar energy requirement for hydrogen electrolyzers.
“All stakeholders including those from Nigeria (NNPC, Ministry of Power, Ministry of Petroleum, Ministry of Environment, Office of the Vice President, etc.,) agreed Ondo State is the most prepared state for pilot GH2 project,” Mr Obe said after the international tour.
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