Alhaji Inusa Habu, the Vice Chairman, Gumel Local Government Council in Jigawa, has charged residents in the area to protect the newly planted 2,000 trees from being destroyed by straying animals.
Habu gave the charge in Gumel during the inauguration of a tree planting campaign by the Gumel Initiative for Green and Clean Environment.
He said that protecting the planted trees would support the council’s efforts at tackling desertification.
“I am calling on those of you residing where these trees are planted to assist in watering them and protecting them from straying animals.
“If the trees grow steadily, they will beautify our streets and tackle desertification.
“Gumel is the only local government we can call ours; therefore let us contribute our own quota to its development,” he said.
Earlier, the Chairman of the initiative, Alhaji Abdulrahman Abubakar said the organisation had in the last two years, planted 15,000 tree seedlings across the area.
He said that as part of the campaign, it would plant trees at the Emir Palace road, Gumel round about, among others.
Responding, the Dan-Iyan Gumel, Alhaji Muhammad Aliyu, pledged quarterly donation of 2,000 seedlings to be planted in Gumel and its environs.