Daily Trust (Abuja)

24 January 2013

Nigeria: Kaduna to Spend N10 Million on Tree Planting in 2013

Kaduna — The Kaduna State Ministry of Environment has earmarked N10 million for tree planting in this fiscal year, the Commissioner for Environment Zachariah Shamaki said while defending the ministry's budget before the State Assembly.

Shamaki who said the ministry will be spending over N1.1 billion in 2013 listed other activities to be funded by the ministry to include N24 million for the construction of public toilets, N1 million for house to house refuse evacuation programme, N20 million on landscaping of five major streets in the state and N10 million for alternative energy sources.

He noted that the ministry's revenue projection for 2013 was N130 million as against N150 million projected last year.

He also said that due to climate change and flood disaster affecting the people, the ministry would improve as well as scale up its activities in the area of forestry, raising seedlings and aforestation programme.

He sought the intervention of the Assembly in the area of funds for house to house refuse evacuation noting that the funds provided last year for evacuation of refuse was not sufficient.

"We intend to improve on sanitation in the state so that the state will look neater that it was last year. We will also embark on public enlightenment because most people are ignorant of the essence of the monthly sanitation exercise, even the way some educated people dispose their refuse is very embarrassing," he stressed.

As part of efforts to keep the state clean, he said synthesized polythene bags and refuse bin would be provided on roads all over the state so as to reduce indiscriminate disposal of refuse.

The Chairman, House Committee on Environment, Haruna Inuwa called on citizens of the state to always dump their waste in the appropriate sites.

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