The Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) called for an aggressive tree planting and reforestation agenda to help restore the environment and guarantee survival of Nigerians.
Mr Sesugh Akume, the National spokesman of the party, made the remark while speaking with the News men in Lagos on the 2018 International Day of Forests.
The United Nations General Assembly in 2012 proclaimed March 21 as the International Day of Forests (IDF) to celebrate and raise awareness for the importance of all types of forests.
The 2018 theme is: “Forests and Sustainable Cities.’’
Akume said that forests and trees were important to human existence, survival and wellbeing as trees absorb atmospheric moisture, contribute to cloud and rain formation.
He said that forest and trees also ”clean the air by absorbing carbon in the air, reduce erosion, recharge ground water, and even promote soil fertility.
”Trees absorb noise and therefore reduce noise pollution; they create liveable spaces for people to dwell and socialise.
”They also reduce stress, promote mental health and build sustainable cities; trees also help to reduce the negative impact of climate change.
”Climate change not only affects cities and urban life, but also rural life, and can be deemed as a national security issue.
“It is connected to the decrease in available water for agricultural purposes and vegetation for feeding livestock, as well as unpredictable weather conditions.
”These are related to increased tensions and the rise of terrorism in the North-East of Nigeria as well as tensions between livestock and arable farmers,” Akume said.
He said that the party was committed to drastically reducing the use of trees and their by-products as fuel as part of its tree planting agenda.
”We are committed to periodically mobilising our members and the society at large to plant trees within the cities and everywhere they are as well as in the reserved forestry, and to spread message of the importance of trees.
”We, therefore, invite Nigerians to engage in various activities that will raise public awareness on the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for our collective benefit and for future generations,” he said