The Rotary Club planted trees at the Air Force Military School, Jos, on Saturday to mitigate global warming and control soil erosion.
The club’s Jos president, Mrs Josephine Azoba said the initiative was in line with Rotary International’s seven areas of focus.
She noted that the depletion of the ozone layer had resulted in increased heat globally just as erosion was posing a threat to the environment.
She said also that the trees would serve as windbreakers to protect the school’s infrastructure.
“We intend to secure the future with the theme of this year’s tree planting, which is: “plant a tree and plant a future.
’’ “We chose Air Force Military School because it is a well organised school and we believe it will help us to nurture the trees to grow.
“The trees would be allocated to students to take care of and make sure they do well,’’ Azoba said.
In his remarks, Prof. Chiedo Akueshi, a retired professor of agronomy and consultant to the club, noted that trees produce oxygen needed to regenerate the atmosphere and mitigate global warming.
Akueshi urged everyone to plant a tree or two in their environment for healthier habitation.
Chief Instructor, Academics, at the school, Sqn. Ldr. Bukola Seweje, commended the club for choosing it for the project.
Seweje promised that the school would nurture and ensure that the trees grow to maturity to achieve the intended goal.
The Rotary Club in Jos says it has given wheelchairs to polio survivors and organised free medical outreach for those who cannot afford quality medical care, among other programmes.
The new president of the club, Mrs Josephine Azoba, said this at her investiture as the 51st president of the club in Jos.
According to her, Rotary Club has given her a platform to keep on touching the lives of the less-privileged.
Azoba said that her dream had been to assist people in need and as club president,, expressing enthusiasm that the projects would have positive and enduring impacts on the lives of the beneficiaries.
“We will be donating text and exercise books to children in government schools to aid their learning to make them better members of the society.
“We are also organising an empowerment programme for youths to make them self reliant.
“The club under my leadership will embark on tree planting to help ecosystem of the of the city,” she added.
She solicited the support of the board and members of Rotary Club of Jos to enable her to make the rotary year exciting and successful.
The chairman of the occasion, Mr Godwin Osaigbovo, said that there might be challenges but with determination they could be surmounted.
Osaigbovo stated that the project outlined by the new president were achievable if she worked closely with her team and supporters.
The outgone president of the club, Mr Jude Onwudiwe, pledged to support his successor.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the investiture featured fundraising for the execution of the projects.