The Botanical Society of Nigeria (BOSON) yesterday disclosed plans to plant 500,000 trees across the country.
BOSON President Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe said in Sokoto at the opening of the Society’s 25th Annual Conference that the gesture was to help in mitigating the effect of climate change, desertification, flooding, gully and coastal erosion, among others.
Ogundipe said out of the 500,000 trees, 20,000 would be planted in Sokoto State.
He added that the tree seedlings were donated to the society by the Federal Ministry of Environment.
The Vice Chancellor of Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Prof. Abdullahi Zuru, underscored the benefits of plants in the natural ecosystem, saying, “Life depends on plant and its products directly or indirectly.”
The Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Alhassan Gani, described the BOSON as key to the ongoing diversification of the economy, boosting food security and taming global warming.