Women Environmental Programme (WEP) joined Good Health Living in the Environment Foundation, National Association of Women in Agriculture, Angels Support Foundation, and Ministry of Environment to mark the 2016 World Earth Day.
The World Earth Day is a day set aside to hold events worldwide to increase awareness and appreciate the earth’s natural environment. It is globally coordinated by the Earth Day Network and is celebrated in more than 175 countries.
April 22nd is the UNs designated International Mother Earth Day. The day is marked to emphasize the fact that it is very necessary to maintain the natural assets in order to continue the life on earth.
The theme for this year’s Earth Day was Trees for the Earth.
In Benue State, the above-mentioned organizations pooled their resources together to mark the day and increase awareness among members of the public, especially young people.
The day was marked with a public sensitization and awareness creation rally at the stretch of road from Wurukum Round About, Makurdi towards Gboko Road.
Fliers and banners were printed and distributed and trees planted on the road divider.
The event was flagged off by the Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Environment, Engr. Nick Wende and had in attendance representatives from Ministry of Agriculture, National Environmental Standards Regulation and Enforcement Agency and nongovernmental organizations in Benue State.
Each organization demonstrated tree planting by planting a tree on the road divider.
In their separate remarks, the Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Environment and Executive Director, Good Health Living in the Environment Foundation Mr. Victor Asobo emphasized that there was a need to make our cities greener by planting trees.