The Rural Environmental Empowerment Initiative (T.R.E.E Initiative) and the Growing Green Initiative (GGI) in Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, has collaborated to plant a million trees in the institution.
Mr Sola Kolawole, a Co-founder of T.R.E.E Initiative, made the disclosure on Tuesday during the symbolic tree planting event held at LAUTECH in Ogbomoso.
The tree planting project was tagged: “#OneStudentOneTreeProject’’.
Over a thousand seedlings were planted by students volunteers and the university management staffs to kick-start the project.
Kolawole said that the essence of massive planting of trees for carbon sequestration was to mitigate the effect of climate change in Nigeria.
“This project is aimed at planting one million trees in the institution over the next five years toward mitigating the climate change effect in Nigeria in line with the SDGs 2030 Agenda.
“We are particularly interested in maximising the positive effect that the project will have on communities surrounding the university through advocacy.
“We are also interested in the sourcing of quality tree seedlings raised by GGI to propagate the concept of agroforestry,” he said.
Kolawole appreciated the LAUTECH management for adopting the project beyond the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences.
The environmentalist admonished the institution to explore the wealth creation component of the project through GGI.
He said that the project, if properly implemented and monitored as a carbon sequestration initiative, would in many ways address some perennial funding challenges of the university.
Also, Prof. Adeniyi Gbadegesin, the Vice-Chancellor, commended the T.R.E.E Initiative for collaborating with GGI, pledging his unflinching support to the project.
“Apart from a personal donation to support GGI, I will ensure that the access road and bridge linking the tree planting site will be fixed by the end of October,’’ Gbadegesin said.
He announced the management’s decision to increase the allotted land area to 50 acres (10 Hectares) from the initial approved 25 acres of land for the take-off phase.
In his remarks, Prof. Olajide Ajao, the Dean, Faculty Agricultural Sciences, thanked the T.R.E.E Initiative for considering GGI as its first partner in the national campaign for the project.
Ajao assured them that the project would be sustained as the faculty’s policy, promising that students of the faculty would plant and nurture at least a tree until they graduate from the institution.
The President of the Faculty Students’ Association, Hammed Olasupo, thanked the T.R.E.E Initiative and GGI for engaging the students in the planning of the event from the onset.
Olasupo said that the gesture had given the students volunteers the opportunity to gain more knowledge about the SDGs (Agenda).