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First Ladies target green economy, environmental challenges

First Ladies target green economy, environmental challenges

The wives of the Kogi, Katsina, Nasarawa and Bayelsa state Governors have pledged their commitment to address environmental challenges as they affect food production in their states. They stated this at the just concluded 1st Global Green Women Conference held in Paris. 

Hajia Halima Wada, the Kogi first lady, said Women in the state were being sensitised on the dangers of tree felling to the environment.

`` We are sensitising women to stop felling trees for firewood,  I know it is not easy but at the long run we intend to find alternative to energy instead of firewood.

``On food production,  we are encouraging green economy through cash generation activities such as backyard vegetable gardening,  planting of moringa and planting of cashew trees,’’ Wada said.

Similarly, Hajia Fatima Shema of Katsina state, said  the effect of climate change was fast affecting agriculture, and `` to this end, we are doing a lot in greening the environment’’.

 ``Humanity cannot survive without a sustainable environment, so we are discouraging dangerous environmental activities such as tree cutting and others,’’ Shema added.

In the same vein, Bayelsa first lady, Mrs Rachael Dickson said that the people of the state were eager to address the challenges of environmental degradation.

``we are beautifying the environment to curb these challenges and also promote peaceful coexistence.’’

Also, the first ladies of Nassarawa, Taraba, and Gombe unanimously pledged their support to tree planting and environmental sustainability for the future generation.

In her remarks, Mrs Olayinka Fayomi, the organiser of the conference, said the aim was to bring women together to deliberate on green environment and global peace.

``As women are our mothers, so they assume the responsibility and concern for the earth, through this platform issues of the environment and a greener future will be addressed by concerned women as they hold the mantel to protect the earth,’’ she said.