By Ikenyim Eucharia
Hurray, it’s another World Environmental Day (WED) also known as Eco day. It is a global event, and the United Nations, principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the land.
As the world marks this year 2020, edition, Ebonyians was not left behind as they join the rest of the world to embark on aggressive tree-planting in the state in regards to the theme of the event, “Biological Diversity” which gives opportunity to address the crisis facing the nature and as well proffer solution to it.
Flagging off the exercise at Centenary City, Abakaliki, the Governor, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, represented on the occasion by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, called on the people of the state to rise up to the challenges of keeping the state clean and green by not only keeping the surroundings clean but also embarking on tree planting to beautify and protect the environment.
Dr. Igwe who said this administration is committed to the environmental it’s citizenry cautioned against indiscriminate cutting of trees, forest fire, deforestation through bush burning among other things that destroys the land.
He used the occasion to commend the management of Ministry of Environment for organizing such a wonderful programme and the untiring effort in keeping the state clean always.
He however assured that state government would continue to support the ministry to maintain its status of one of the best three cleanliest states of the federation.
The Commissioner for Environment, Chief Emma Uguru, in his address stated that the programme was a global event, set aside every 5th of June, to bring stakeholders together to reflect on the effect of human activities on earth.
Uguru noted that the programme has offered the ministry the opportunity to evaluate and re-evaluate the ministry’s performance and strategize on the best way to reach their goal.
He however appealed to the residents of Abakaliki to plant trees to beautify and protect the environment from degradation.
While the permanent secretary, Ministry of Environment, Dr. Emma Nwafor thanked the present administration for the support to the projects / programmes of the ministry which led to the success of the programme, adding that MOE would stop at nothing than keeping the state clean and green.
The function earlier featured road walk by the ministry’s staff led by the commissioner, Chief Emma Uguru and other, environmental health officers, civil society organization among others while top government functionaries were part of the people that graced the occasion.