The British American Tobacco Nigeria Foundation (BATNF), in partnership with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), has disclosed plans to flag off the planting of 5,000 trees in the Ajingi Forest Reserve in Kano State.
In a statement, it revealed that the overall goal of the campaign is to plant 50,000 trees by 2027 through community-based initiatives to support afforestation, biodiversity conservation, environmental protection, and the prevention of deforestation and habitat fragmentation.
The statement stated that the benefits of this endeavour extend beyond carbon capture, as the restored forest will be enhancing biodiversity and promoting ecological equilibrium.
The Board Director of BATN Foundation, Odiri Erewa-Meggison, expressed the project’s significance, emphasizing that it extends beyond the mere planting of trees but continuous dedication, education, and community involvement towards environmental restoration and sustainability.
Meggison stated that in the past decades, BATNF accomplished a remarkable feat by planting a total of 503,000 trees across Nigeria’s diverse geopolitical zones. “Today, we gather to mark the flag-off of the completion of 5,000 trees already planted in Ajingi, Kano, with a goal of planting 50,000 trees by 2027, continuing our commitment to a greener and more sustainable future.”
“We are in a world grappling with the grave challenges of climate change, environmental degradation, and deforestation, which threaten the very ecosystem that sustains us. We recognize that climate change is a global crisis, and we must take local actions to mitigate its adverse effects.
The Director-General of NCF, Joseph Onoja, commended Foundation for the partnership, saying the partnership couldn’t have come at a better time than this when the world is being confronted with the adverse effects of climate change.