Tree planting, panacea to curbing flood

The Deputy-Director, Erosion, Flood and Coastal Zone Department at Federal Ministry of Environment, Mr Michael Adetayo, has said that tree planting was the panacea to curbing flood.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja, Adetayo advised Nigerians to make it a point of duty to plant trees, stressing that it would go a long way in reducing the pressure of flood, especially in small communities.

“Erosion is the wearing away of the top soil of the earth and some of the causes are wind, water, we have the wind erosion, we have the water erosion.

“Our advice for people is to plant trees because this is the major thing we use in curbing erosion and also provide drainages.

“There are a lot of challenges like the communities, they believe this is Federal Government project, they want to interfere into the project, so we try to let them know what we are doing that it is for their benefit.’’

Adetayo also told NAN that the department was preparing to start the 2013 erosion control project as the Nigeria Meteorological Agency had raised an alert of rains.

He said that many of the erosion-control projects in the South-East had attained 80 per cent to 90 per cent completion, adding that the Nanka ecological project in Anambra and the one in Aba, Abia State, had been completed.tree

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