Enugu – Celebrating the World Environment Day yesterday, 5th June, 2020, Green Environment Network, Enugu, a Civil Society coalition kicked off a tree planting campaign along Zik’s Avenue in Enugu metropolis.
The event was flagged off by the honourable commisioner for Environment and Mineral Resources, Hon. Chijioke Edeoga. The commissioner, who was duly represented by Mr. Nwaobodo Ifeanyi, Head of Department, Ecology, Enugu State Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources commended the Green Environment Network for their selfless service to the state and country at large.
He expressed his joy seeing young people taking such action as this for the interest of the state.
“This is not an everyday experience and must be commended”, he remarked.
The honourable commisioner stated that the Network has the support of the state government in all thier activities while thanking them for such grand initiative.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chairperson of the group, Daniel Onyedikachi Ugwu (PhD) said the campaign is part of the Network’s initiative and commitment to preserve the earth by taking environmental actions especially in Enugu State and the Southeast in general.
Dr. Daniel said he is impressed by the hunger, dedication and passion of young people in the Network in taking action to bring innovative changes to improve the state of the environment in Enugu abd to make the city more healthy and habitable.
He said, “the issue as critical as environment and climate change does not end at raising voices; talk is cheap. Young people must support government to match words with action and become the solution to our changing world.
“Young people most times are misconstrued as ‘problems to be solved’. But all these are changing, with inspiring evidences all over the world. At Green Environment Network, Enugu, we taking action to protect and preserve the environment.”
The event also had in attendance, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Environment, Chief Osita Ikeogu, a representative of Albertina Nigeria among other dignitaries who also took their turns to plant a tree each.
The World Environment Day is celebrated every 5th June engaging citizens’ effort towards pressing environment issues.
This year, the theme is “biodiversity”.