A coalition youths under the aegis of Make Kano Green says it has planted a total of 1,567 trees in five local government areas of Kano in an effort to check desert encroachment.
Speaking to Freedom Radio on Sunday, leader of the coalition, Ismail Auwal said they are presently planting more trees in Yalwa area of Mariri in Kumbotso local government area of the state.
He said the co-operation they are getting from members of various communities has strengthened their resolve to do more, adding that they will continue with the project until “Kano is green”.
Mr Auwal said his group usually embarks on supervision visits to the communities where they had planted trees to make sure the seedlings are being taken care of.
“Our hope is to see that this project reaches every where in Kano. Our primary concern is to make Kano green and ensure that the trees planted have matured enough to prevent desertification”, he said.
According to him, the group is facing problems with some communities who believe that the trees are being planted to be cut down later for firewood or other uses.
On his part, the Ward Head of Yalwa, Alhaji Abdullahi Shehu thanked the group for the gesture and vowed to protect the seedlings.