The National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) has initiated a campaign to plant one million trees in Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps located in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT),leadership reprts.
The commission launched the campaign, named “Project One Million Books, One Million Children, One Million Trees for Climate Action,” in collaboration with the NGO “I am the Future Of Nigeria Youth Initiative” at an IDPs camp in Durumi, Abuja.
The objective of the initiative, according to organizers, is to educate IDP children about the advantages of tree planting in combating climate change.
Alhaji Tijani Ahmed, the Federal Commissioner of NCFRMI, expressed optimism that Nigeria would become a significantly green nation within the next three years if everyone committed to planting a tree annually. Represented by his Special Assistant, Mohammed Albashir, the Federal Commissioner emphasized the importance of collective tree planting efforts in environmental protection.
He conveyed the significance of instilling the practice of planting trees in children, emphasizing its positive impact on communities and society as a whole.
Ahmed stated, “We must protect [the environment] by ensuring that everyone is involved in this tree planting drive to protect our environment.”
He underscored that children were not merely recipients of climate change knowledge but active partners in the fight against it, leveraging their creativity and passion as invaluable assets in safeguarding the planet.
Mrs. Noni Okocha, Chief Executive of “I am the Future Of Nigeria Youth Initiative,” explained that the project aimed to create environmental awareness in the children of IDPs from an early age. She noted that the initiative aligned with President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ and emphasized the importance of echo-conscious initiatives.
Okocha stressed the project’s goal of protecting the environment and securing a sustainable future, calling for a collective responsibility to combat the global crisis.
She highlighted that through the initiative, knowledge and inspiration would be delivered to a million young minds, fostering an understanding of climate change from an early stage. Okocha emphasized the planting of the seed of responsibility, empathy, and action in the children’s minds.
In her remarks, Mr. Primod Kurmar-Agrawal, the Press Secretary of the Indian High Commission, emphasized that instilling the habit of tree planting in children would contribute to a healthier planet for future generations. Kurmar-Agrawal highlighted the essential role of planting trees in protecting and preserving the environment, making children aware of climate change issues.
He concluded by urging the organizers to continue such projects, pledging the commission’s support toward achieving such environmental goals.