A conglomeration of churches in northern Nigeria under TEKAN Peace Desk has planted economic trees in Plateau State to battle the menace of drought and desert encroachment in the northern part of the country.
Head of TEKAN Peace Desk, Hellen Philemon Haggai, disclosed this yesterday while planting trees at the Jos Museum Complex to mark the United Nations World Day Against Desertification and Drought 2020 in collaboration with the Museum of Traditional Nigeria Architecture (MOTNA), Jos, Plateau State.
She noted that the tree planting exercise was carried out when a tree that obstructed their building was cut down from Jos Museum and it was replaced with more than 25 economic trees.
“The United Nations has declared today as Workd Desertification and Drought Day and we are taking advantage of this to plan trees, because if you see what is happening in Plateau in the last two weeks, we have not had rain and this is very unlike what we use to have.
“By this time, you would have seen crops green everywhere, but you can’t see the crops growing, which I believe is as a result of drought and we felt it is necessary for us to come and plant trees in the museum.”
Haggai described it as rape when trees were cut down without anyone replacing them with new ones.