The Commissioner for Environment in Jigawa State, Barau Gambasha says about five million trees have been planted to tackle desertification across the state.
The commissioner who stated this in Dutse, the state capital disclosed that towns and villages affected by desertification and other environmental challenges were the beneficiaries of the tree planting exercise.
He listed other places that benefited from the tree planting exercise to include public places such as schools, hospitals, offices and market places in a bid to mitigate the impacts of high temperatures and global warming.
Gambasha identified environmental beautification and provision of food as other benefits of the trees.
“the state government has also established 44 kilometres shelter belts in addition to the 21 kilometres shelter belts created by the Federal Government as part of efforts to combat desertification in the state.” the commissioner said
He however, warned residents to desist from indiscriminate tree felling adding that the government would no longer condone such acts.