ABU marks World Environmental Day, flag-off of one million trees planting

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Ahmadu Bello University has marked this year’s World Environmental Day with a symposium and a flag-off of one million trees planting.

Christened ‘Making Peace with Nature to Restore the Planet’, the symposium is simply to support the 2021 main theme: ‘Ecosystem Restoration’.

The event, which took place in the Samaru Main Campus of the University today, was preceded by a radio talk on environment on ABU FM radio last Saturday.

ABU marks World Environmental Day, flag-off of one million trees planting

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Kabiru Bala, who chaired the symposium at the institution’s Assembly Hall, explained that the ABU Green Belt initiative was in response to the challenges of deforestation and soil-erosion as well as a sustained strategy on maintaining the fragile ecosystem.

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Prof Bala also said that the University must sensitize the immediate and neighbouring communities to actively participate as vanguards in the protection of the ecology.

Prof A E Ikpokonte of Department of Geology; Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Prof I A Dabo; and Director, Institute for Development Research and Training, Prof Binta Abdulkarim, were among the six speakers who presented papers on different issues relating to environment.

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The planting of one million trees was launched shortly after the symposium by the Vice-Chancellor along with some management staff of the University.

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