Protect your environment, plant more trees to serve as windbreakers – Ekiti SEMA

Protect your environment, plant more trees to serve as windbreakers – Ekiti SEMA

The General Manager of the Ekiti State Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Jide Borode has advised residents to embrace the principle of tree planting to serve as windbreaks to protect the environment from wind-storm.

Mr. Borode gave the advice in Osi-Ekiti during an on-the-spot assessment visit to the community following the recent rainstorm that destroyed many buildings in the area.

Borode who was accompanied by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Head of Operations for Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States, Mr. Akadiri Olanrewaju, stressed that tree planting could also be used as a panacea for issues of climate change like global warming and other ecological challenges.

Describing the effect of the Osi rainstorm as catastrophic and unfortunate, Borode said the State Government would look into the possibility of assisting the victims of the disaster.

In his remarks, the NEMA Head of Operations for Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States, Mr. Akadiri Olanrewaju noted the dearth of trees in the area which could have served as windbreakers.

According to him, trees or shrubs can reduce the force of the wind and lessen soil erosion which helps increase crop yields and protect livestock from harsh weather conditions.

Olanrewaju stressed the importance of stopping the indiscriminate felling of trees, adding that at least two trees should be planted in place of one cut down.

He said, “ teak, palm tree and some other big trees can help suppress the effect of windstorms”.

The Vice-Chairman of Osi Progressive Union, Alhaji Ashiru Ganiyu who spoke on behalf of the community, appealed to the State and Federal Governments as well as public-spirited individuals and corporate organizations to help the victims of the disaster.

Over 100 houses were affected by the rainstorm with millions of Naira worth of properties destroyed at Isao quarters, Iwaro and the palace area of the community.