Mohammed Wada Yahaya, the Managing Director, Nasarawa Urban Development Board (NUDP) has stated that the Nasarawa State Government has set up a sustainable action plan towards reducing the impacts of climate change and other environmental challenges in the state.
Mr Yahaya stated this during the launching of the first phase of the tree planting project at the Isa Mustapha Agwai Polytechnic (IMAP) initiated by the institution as part of efforts towards securing its surrounding environment from degradation.
Represented by the Head of Department, Town Planning, of the board, Mallam Suleiman Alkasim, Mr Yahaya explained that the institution was facing environmental challenges due to climate change characterised by an increase in the temperature level and other environmental hazards.
He stated that considering the importance of trees to human existence, the state government was working on a template towards ensuring that organizations including institutions of learning make tree planting as a policy in their Programme of action to help in mitigating the menace of the environmental challenges.
In his remark, the Rector of IMAP Dr Justina Kotso stated that since the establishment of the institution over 20 years ago, no physical plan was put in place to address the environmental hazards such as erosion, flooding and desertification in the school.
Dr Kotso, said the programme tagged “Green IMAP 2022 Tree Planting Project” was an approach to rescue the school from environmental degradation by massive planting of trees, adding that each staff of the polytechnic had been tasked to plant and nurture a tree.
She said 1500 trees were to be planted in and around the polytechnic in the first phase of the project before the rainfall.