Four hundred and fifty (450) nursery (economic) trees have been donated to Obayi-Ohanze community in Obingwa local government area of Abia State by the livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises Niger-delta (LIFE-ND) Project.

LIFE-ND gave the nursery tree made up of both economic trees to the community members on Monday after the sensitization on the importance of tree planting in their environment.

The tree planting sensitization program was also done by LIFE-ND to commemorate the World Environmental Day which is recognized in the month of June, 5th, every year.

According to Abia LIFE-ND state project coordinator,(SPC) Dr. Uchenna Rowland Onyeizu, CEnv., the yearly recognition and celebration of World Environmental Day is done to constantly remind people on the need to maintain a safe and healthier environment.

Dr. Onyeizu emphasized on the dangers human activities have caused the earth such as the effect of climate change in the globe. He also added that in the cause of ensuring a deliberate effort to regulate these human activities that are causing threats and harm to human environment, LIFE-ND has taken it up as a component in its project activities to distribute the tree stands to the communities where their project is currently working on.

As observed by our correspondent, members of the community at Abayi-Ohanze came out in their numbers to listen to the sensitization message on the benefit of planting trees in their environment as well as to care for the trees.

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The community members were also sensitized on the social benefits such as making their environment cooler and better.

In response to the gesture, the community members on their part expressed high level of enthusiasm as they patiently listened to the sensitization message by LIFE-ND environmental experts and expressed readiness to plant and take care of the nursery trees provided by LIFE-ND.

Chief Friday A. Sunday, Chairman of Elders Council, Abayi-Ohanze community, expressed joy on LIFE-ND tree planting project. He assured that his community members will ensure proper care for the growth of the donated nursery trees, to show how they value the gesture and the need to care for the environment. He thanked LIFE-ND and Abia State government for their contributions in the project.

Amadi Uwala, the immediate past chairman of Abayi-Ohanze community in his response to questions asked by newsmen said the large turn out is as a result of the prompt information given to the community members on the tree planting sensitization by Abia LIFE-ND. He narrated how he personally benefited from the sensitization, stating that he now knows more on the importance of tree planting in his environment and revealed that eight kindred were in attendance for the sensitization event.

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“You can see the large turnout, this is because all of us want to see how we can contribute positively to our ecosystem. We have been enlightened on the importance of tree planting, I will make sure that nobody treats the tree plant badly or play with it, LIFE-ND in their special way have done their part.” Amadi said.

Chidozie Kanu, the Abia LIFE-ND Environment and Climate Change specialist also explained that the improved tree species given to Abayi Ohanze community are shared in a way that each of the eight kindreds will have about 50 nursery tree to be planted in their environment.

Chidozie also added that the trees are also made up of economic trees such as; coconut, mango, cashew, orange, bitter kola, avocado pear. Other none fruit trees are the Iroko, flame of the forest.

At the end of the sensitization of the tree planting, LIFE-ND team handed the tree stands to the community heads and it was shared among the eight kindred members.

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