The Director-General, Nigerian Conservation Foundation, Dr. Muhtari Aminu-Kano, says deforestation has claimed ninety-six per cent of the country’s original forestation, leaving the country with only four per cent.
Aminu-Kano, revealed this in an interview with newsmen, said that “it was catastrophic that the country had lost that level of forests to urbanization and other factors”.
Dr. Aminu-Kano, noted that the NCF was working on options that would increase the country’s vegetation from 4 per cent to at least 25 per cent in the next 30 years.
According to Director-General NCF, He said;
“We are losing vegetation cover and there is absolute need to make concerted effort to grow more trees because the more trees, the merrier; not only in Lagos but across the country.” He said
“We want to see more trees everywhere because they will help to save humanity from global warming as they breathe in what we breathe out and then they breathe out what we breathe in to survive” he added.
The Director-General, who called for urban regeneration as a way of replenishing the forests in Nigeria, commended the Lagos State government for spearheading the movement through the Lagos State Parks and Gardens.
According to him, “We need to plant more trees as wood to stem the firewood crisis facing Nigeria. We could also explore tree plantations for timber so that we do not have to cut down our forests for furniture.”
He stressed that “It also means leaving trees on farmlands so that we do not just clear everything and plant perennial crops thereby reducing our forest cover”.