In an attempt to curb deforestation, thereby encouraging afforestation, the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) has revealed that corps members serving in Sokoto State will plant one million trees before the end of 2017.
This disclosure was made by the state NYSC Coordinator, Alhaji Musa Abubakar, in a statement on Tuesday, February 14, 2016.
The state coordinator, in the statement, said:
“All the corps members in the 23 local governments will be made to plant these trees and nurse them.
“The trees will be planted by the corps members as part of their community development projects.
“This is the modest contribution of the scheme to the afforestation and reforestation efforts of the state and Federal Governments.
“Trees are very crucial in combatting the menace of desert encroachment, gully erosion and flooding.”
Abubakar further said that trees were also critical in improving the socioeconomic statuses of the people, medicinal uses, provide food and aesthetics for the environment.